President, PM urge coast guard to help protect marine resources

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka | Published: 00:28, Feb 14,2020


President M Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday hoped that the members of the coast guard would work with patriotism, sincerity, honesty, courage and cordiality to ensure full proof security of the country’s maritime and coastal regions.

In separate messages on the eve of the 25th anniversary of Bangladesh Coast Guard and Coast Guard Day 2020, they also lauded the role of the members of the coast guard in protecting maritime recourses of the country.

President Abdul Hamid said, ‘Since its inception, Bangladesh Coast Guard has been playing an active role in protecting the law and order in maritime boundaries, coastal areas, fisheries and forest resources. The force is also working relentlessly in preventing infiltration, human trafficking, smuggling and piracy in the coastal areas of the country. They also have made significant contributions through rescue operations in coastal areas during natural disasters’.

He said that the incumbent government had taken steps to modernise the coast guard by 2030. ‘The mechanisms and technical capabilities of the force are being increased to build the coast guard as a modern two-dimensional force,’ he said.

‘It is our expectation on the eve of the Mujib Barsha that the Bangladesh Coast Guard would carry forward blue-economy related activities to build a golden Bangla as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,’ the president added.

In her speech, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said that the government had been implementing various projects to build the coast guard as a capable force so that they could contribute to the country’s socio-economic development.

Bangladesh had established legal and economic rights over a large maritime boundary in the Bay of Bengal under the ruling Awami League government, she said, adding that the members of the coast guard would play an important role in taking ahead of the blue economic activities along with their responsibility of protecting the country’s marine resources.

The prime minister hoped that the coast guard would perform their duties with patriotism, sincerity and courage and contribute to implement Vision 2041 and Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 of the government.

 The president and the prime minister also wished Coast Guard Day a success and greeted its members on the occasion.

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