Government to make armed forces more modern, says PM

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka | Published: 15:46, Dec 15,2019 | Updated: 00:38, Dec 16,2019


Prime minister Sheikh Hasina. — UNB file photo

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said the government has been working to make armed forces more modern, professionally skilled and well-trained to keep pace with the changing world.

‘We have been working to make armed forces more modern, professionally skilled and well-trained in line with the Forces Goal-2030 by taking various measures such as collecting latest military hardware and arranging training courses as well,’ she said.

The prime minister was addressing the graduation ceremony of the National Defence Course-2019 and Armed Forces War Course-2019 at Sheikh Hasina Complex in Mirpur cantonment in Dhaka.

Sheikh Hasina said, ‘We are well aware of things necessary for developing the armed forces as strong and time-befitting and taking crucial measures accordingly.’

‘We’re progressing ahead to turn our armed forces into a stronger and time-befitting one by formulating the Forces Goal-2030 in accordance with the Defence Policy of 1974 adopted by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,’ she said.

Describing the world as ever-changing, the prime minister said that the armed forces personnel would have to move with the pace of the changes.

So, the government has also been working on collecting modern military hardware as well as further arrangement of trainings for armed forces personnel to make them efficient enough to cope with the changes of the world, she added.

Applauding the role of members of the armed forces in the United Nations peacekeeping mission, she said, ‘The latest military hardware and training will make the armed forces personnel familiar with the war weapons used in the UN missions which will help them play role without any hesitation in any circumstance alongside gathering experiences there.’

The prime minister urged the National Defence Course and Armed Forces War Course graduates to work for ushering the nation toward stability, self-reliance and sustainable development, expressing her hope that being inspired by the motto ‘security through knowledge’, the graduates will take the nation forward.

Describing the foreign military officials, who graduated from the National Defence Course, as good-will ambassadors, the prime minister said, ‘After returning to the native countries, you will work as good-will ambassadors of Bangladesh from your respective positions.’

Commandant of the NDC Lieutenant General Sheikh Mamun Khaled gave welcome address at the function.

The prime minister also handed over certificates among the NDC and AFWC graduates.

As many as 85 officers from the armed forces, civil administration and foreign military officers took part in the NDC Course 2019 while 38 officers from the armed forces in the Armed Forces War Course-2019.

The foreign military officers from 16 countries such as China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, Mali, and Niger of the Asia, Europe and America took part in the NDC course.

Noting that her government established the National Defence College in 1998, Sheikh Hasina said, ‘We had established the college in a very small scale involving Tk 2 crore only and 15 staff. Now, it has become a globally reputed defence college.’

The prime minister said that they will extend all possible supports for further development of the National Defence College.

Military personnel from 24 countries have so far been graduated from the college alongside the officials of civil administration, lawmakers, journalists and others, she added.

The prime minister urged the armed forces personnel to join hands with others, including officials of civil administration in the country’s development as all of the people have responsibility in doing so, being imbued with patriotism.

She thanked the members of the armed forces as they stand beside the people of the country during any natural disaster and accident.

The prime minister congratulated the freshers for their extra-ordinary achievement on successfully completing the courses.

She said her government has been working to turn Bangladesh into a developed and prosperous country in South Asia by 2041 after maintaining the status of a developing country until 2024 aimed at marching forward so that the next generation can celebrate the centenary of the country’s independence in 1971 as a developed nation.

To materialise the dream of Sheikh Mujib to build a hunger and poverty-free Sonar Bangla, the prime minister said her government has taken some specific and long-term programmes such as Delta Plan-2100 and the first perspective plan and second perspective plan.

‘To achieve the goal, we’re executing the first perspective plan, while we’re set to implement the second perspective plan 2021-2041,’ she said.

The prime minister later joined the 17th joint board meeting of the NDC and Defence Services Command and Staff College at Sheikh Hasina Complex in Mirpur Cantonment.

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