Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said that Bangladesh’s democracy was now well-protected and it had earned the capability to face any disaster.
‘Our economy stands on solid grounds and democracy is well-protected… we’ve been able to ensure the fundamental rights of people like food, clothing, housing and education,’ she said.
The prime minister made the comments before the media after exchanging Eid greetings with the cross section of people, including party leaders and workers, professionals, judges and foreign diplomats at her official Ganobhaban residence in Dhaka in the afternoon.
Sheikh Hasina said that Bangladesh was now economically developed and the people’s purchasing capacity had increased and their living standard had improved significantly.
She said that the literacy rate and the people’s average life expectancy had gone up and Bangladesh had received recognition as a developing country due to the various steps taken by her government.
Putting emphasis on maintaining the continuation of the development, the premier said that the country had to overcome many hurdles to attain this success. ‘We’ve to overcome many barriers in future to advance the country… we have earned the capability to face any disaster,’ she added.
The prime minister reiterated her determination to build a hunger and poverty-free country by 2021 and developed and prosperous country in South Asia by 2041.
‘The people of the country will also celebrate the birth centenary of Bangabandhu in 2020 by establishing Bangladesh as a hunger and poverty-free country,’ she said.
‘We want that we can be on the world stage keeping our head held high and we’re building the country in this way and Insha Allah the country will advance in that way,’ she added.
At the outset of her speech, Sheikh Hasina greeted the countrymen and Bangladeshi expatriates living abroad on the occasion of holy Eid-ul-Fitr. ‘I want people to be able to lead prosperous lives and it’s my wish that they will live beautifully,’ she said.
She also paid rich tributes to Bangabandhu, the four national leaders, three million martyrs and two lakh mothers and sisters who sacrificed their lives for the country.
The gates to Ganobhaban were opened for visitors around 9:30am when people from all walks of life started coming after their Eid prayers and waited in long queues to meet the prime minister. On the occasion, the big lawn of Ganobhaban was beautifully decorated.
Leaders of different political parties, parliament members, freedom fighters, educationists, senior journalists, leaders of associate bodies of Awami League and different professional and trade bodies as well as the cross section of people including beggars exchanged Eid greetings with the prime minister.
Agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury, LGRD minister engineer Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain, AL presidium members Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Muhammad Faruk Khan, Abdur Razzak and Sahara Khatun, central leaders Mozaffar Hossain Paltu, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Ashim Kumar Ukil, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury and Dhaka South City Corporation mayor Sayeed Khokan were present, among others.
Like previous years, some of the visitors took the programme as an opportunity to draw attention of the prime minister to their woes and sufferings and sought her intervention to resolving the problems.
Later, Sheikh Hasina exchanged Eid greetings with judges of the Supreme Court, senior civil and military officials and ambassadors and high commissioners of different friendly countries at a separate programme on the Ganobhaban lawn.
Jatiya Sangsad speaker Shirin Sharmin Choudhury, chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain and the chiefs of the three services attended the function.
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