POST TIME: 8 January, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Dropped out ministers praise new cabinet

Dropped out ministers praise new cabinet

The new Cabinet has been formed with competent, honest and ideal persons, according to outgoing ministers. The ex-ministers expressed hope that the new Cabinet members would be capable of discharging their duties with utmost sincerity under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. They said this separately in different farewell functions held at the Secretariat yesterday.

“I feel good that I am going to retire with my head held high. It was a great honour to serve the nation. It's a great achievement in my life,” said AMA Muhith, finance minister in the previous Cabinet.

He was speaking at his farewell function in the finance ministry. Bangladesh comptroller and auditor general Mohammad Muslim Chowdhury, Bangladesh Bank Governor Fazle Kabir, Financial Institutions Division secretary Asadul

Islam and Finance Division Secretary Abdur Rouf Talukder also spoke there.

Muhith will turn 85 on January 25.

"Many people have asked me about my activities in future. I have at least 50,000 books in my collection. I will devote my time reading them. I have already written 34 books and will write more,” he said.

"Bangladesh has earned the status of a developing country. No one can stall the ongoing development," he added.

The outgoing health minister, Mohammed Nasim, yesterday congratulated all members of the newly formed council of ministers. He said that the new faces would boost the confidence of the people, who strongly favoured them in the recently concluded national polls.

He also expressed hope that the new government, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, would continue to perform its duty with the utmost transparency and sincerity to serve the nation in the days to come.

“Members of the newly formed Cabinet are competent, honest and dignified persons. I hope they will keep continue the nation’s development under the dynamic leadership of the Prime Minister,” said Tofail Ahmed, commerce minister in the previous Cabinet.

The veteran politician also said that they have to leave space for newcomers.

“I am happy to have performed my duties as commerce minister. We have worked at the ministry as family members. Now, I am only a lawmaker. I will do my job as an MP too,” he added.

Commerce secretary Mofizul Islam and other senior officials also spoke on the occasion.

“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has taken a wise decision by appointing efficient persons in her Cabinet. We hope that the new members would boost the country’s development further under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina,” said Shajahan Khan, shipping minister in the earlier government,  during his farewell function at the ministry yesterday.  When asked whether he is happy with the new Cabinet, Shajahan Khan replied: “Definitely. It is our duty to leave space for new faces. I am happy with the Prime Minister’s decision.”

Khan also said he was ready to extend his cooperation, if needed, to the newly appointed minister of the shipping ministry.

Shipping secretary Abdus Samad and other senior officials of the ministry also spoke on the occasion.

Officials of the education ministry yesterday gave farewell to Nurul Islam Nahid. The outgoing education minister, Nurul Islam Nahid, thanked the officials for helping him during his tenure. Congratulating the new Cabinet members, Nahid said: “The newly appointed cabinet members will help progress the development under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.”

Education secretary Sohrab Hossain and Technical and Madrasha Division secretary Md Alamgir, among others, also spoke on the occasion.

Cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam announced the names of 47 ministers on Sunday. The new council of ministers includes 24 ministers, 19 state ministers and three deputy ministers. All of them took oath yesterday.