Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday asked the newly elected mayors and councillors of Dhaka north and south city corporations to take effective measures in advance to control the dengue borne Aedes mosquitoes ahead of the rainy season.
‘Dengue is now appeared as a problem. You would have to take measures against the mosquito from now,’ she said.
The prime minister was addressing the oath-taking ceremony of newly-elected mayors and councillors of the Dhaka north and south city corporations at her office in Dhaka Thursday morning.
She also asked them to ensure proper utilisation of the anti-mosquito medicines in controlling the Aedes, saying, ‘You would have to make your best possible efforts in checking dengue keeping in mind that mosquitoes can’t eat up your votes.’
The prime minister also asked them to carry out the directives of the government for the welfare of the people in their localities.
She also asked them to take necessary measures to check coronavirus in line with the government’s initiatives.
In this context, she said that her government had already dedicated a hospital and given training to the physicians and nurses as part of the precautionary measures.
Earlier, the prime minister administered the oath of office to Dhaka South City Corporation mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh and Dhaka North City Corporation mayor Atiqul Islam at Shapla Hall in the Prime Minister’s Office.
Besides, local government minister Md Tazul Islam administered the oath of offices to 172 councillors from the general wards and reserved women’s seats in the two city corporation at the same venue.
The polls to the DSCC and DNCC were held on February 1.
Awami League-backed candidates — Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh and Atiqul Islam — swept the elections as residents of the capital elected their mayors to hold the offices of DSCC and DNCC for the next five years.
Alongside the two elected mayors, 100 councillors — 75 general councillors from 75 ward and 25 women councillors from 25 reserved seats — were elected in DSCC, while 72 councillors — 54 general councillors from 54 ward and 18 women councillors from 18 reserved seats — in DNCC.
However, the newly elected mayors and councillors would have to wait until the middle of May to take charge as the five-year tenure of the incumbent representatives of DSCC will expire on May 17 while that of DNCC on May 13 next.
Road transport and bridges minister and Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader, local government minister Md Tazul Islam and the newly elected mayors were also present on the dais.
Sheikh Hasina called upon the public representatives to oversee the development programmes being implemented in their localities to ensure proper use of public money.
The prime minister said that her government would not tolerate any corruption in the development projects, particularly the large scale ones.
‘Anyone found involved in corruption will not be spared whoever they might be,’ she added.
The prime minister said that the on-going drives against terrorism, extremism, drug and corruption would continue on.
She called upon the newly elected mayors and councillors to work in their localities to check those as part of the move to save the new generation from the social menaces.
The prime minister requested the public representatives to work for the welfare of the people saying that victory in polls was not enough rather the public representatives must win the hearts of the masses.
She added, ‘So, you’ll have to work for the welfare of the people irrespective of the party affiliations and uphold the trust and confidence that the people have restored on you.’
Sheikh Hasina said that public representatives would have to work for the development of their respective areas to earn satisfaction of the people.
Spelling out various measures taken for the overall development of the country, the prime minister said that her government had been working for the outcome of development.
‘We are now taking rural centric development projects as part of the move to provide all the facilities of urban to the rural people,’ she added.
The prime minister said that her government had been implementing 90 per cent development projects with its own finance, adding that the size of the national budged had increased by seven times during the tenure of the government.
She said that her government had been working to strengthen the local government bodies as they could take the development of their own localities and formulate their budgets.
‘We’re working not only to develop the urban areas, we’re also working to develop the rural areas too,’ she said.
Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Bangladesh Awami League, expressed her gratitude to the countrymen for re-electing her party and giving her chance to celebrate the birth centenary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
She said that the aim of the government was to materialise the dream of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to turn the country into a ‘Sonar Bangla’.
The prime minister said that the government had already announced 2020-21 as ‘Mujib Barsha’, adding that, ‘None will remain homeless after the Mujib Year.’
She mentioned that the government had adopted Delta Plan 2100 for the future generation of the country.
The prime minister said that her government had been setting up 100 special economic zones as part of the move for planned industrialisation.
‘The aim of this move is to restrict setting up industries indiscriminately on the cropland,’ she added.
She said that after setting up these economic zones, the country would move towards further industrialisation.
The prime minister said that her government had been working to transform Bangladesh into a developed and prosperous country by 2041 as dreamt by Sheikh Mujib.
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