Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said that the wheels of country’s economy were still in motion as the Awami League government was able to build a comprehensive communication network throughout the country.
‘We built a comprehensive network of communication countrywide after Bangladesh Awami League government assumed office… As a result, the wheels of our economy are still in motion,’ she said.
Expressing her firm determination to further improve the communication system for the betterment of country’s people, she said, ‘We have started many more works and hopefully will complete those, InshaAllah.’
The head of the government said these during a video conference from her official residence Ganabhaban marking the opening of three newly constructed bridges in Magura, Jashore and Narayanganj districts and Independence Square in Pabna as part of the ongoing development projects.
Saying that development is going on due to the continuation of the present regime, she said since the formation of the government in 2009, the incumbent government had been in the office till the day and ‘we could be able to improve the fate of the countrymen.’
She mentioned that during the previous governments, there was potential for development but it was not done much. ‘People’s socio-economic condition will be better if country’s communication system becomes better,’ she added.
She said, ‘As we have reduced the poverty rate, we have been able to increase per capita income also. Employment facilities are being created for the people. Besides, we have also proved that the quality of people’s lifestyle can be improved even at the rural level.’
Simultaneously, she said that her government was implementing the plans and various development projects by giving special focus on improving the country’s overall communication network, ensuring power facilities and marketing the products, attracting investment from abroad and keeping the economy afloat.
Referring the ruling Awami League, Sheikh Hasina, also the party president said, ‘We did not do anything suddenly. When the Awami League was in the opposition, we had a plan to do so.’
Referring to the country’s constitution, Sheikh Hasina said that it clearly tells about the development of country’s people and realising their (people) basic needs – food, clothes, shelter, treatment and education.
‘Therefore, whenever I came in government, we undertook different development plans and the country’s people are now getting the benefits of those,’ she added.
The prime minister said that Sheikh Mujibur Rahman brought independence for the country and wanted to change the fate of the people and eradicate poverty.
During her speech, the premier recalled with due respect the contribution of renowned freedom fighter Rafiqul Islam Bakul of Pabna, saying that he was one of the few who stood by the party as well as her and faced the adversities during the BNP regime.
‘We must remember his contribution because he is a freedom fighter,’ she said, thanking all concerned, including Anjan Chowdhury, for constructing this ‘Independence Square’.
Inaugurating the bridges over the three rivers, the prime minister said that the three bridges were the gifts of ‘Mujib Year’ for the inhabitants of Mohammadpur, Rupganj and Abhaynagar.
The prime minister reiterated the seriousness of the probable second wave of coronavirus pandemic and emphasised the use of masks and urged all to abide by the health rules.
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