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Country's democracy now well protected: PM

Independent Online Desk
Country's democracy now well protected: PM
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said Bangladesh’s democracy is now well-protected and it has earned the capabilityto face any disaster.

“Our economy has stood on a solid ground and democracy is well-protected… we’ve been able to ensure fundamental rights of the people like food,clothes, housing and education,” she said.

The prime minister made the comments before media after exchanging Eidgreetings with the cross section of people, including party leaders andworkers, professionals, judges and foreign diplomats at her officialGanabhaban residence here this afternoon.

Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is now economically developed and the people’spurchasing capacity has increased and their living standard has improvedsignificantly.

She said the literacy rate and the people’s average life expectancy havegone up and Bangladesh got recognition as a developing country thanks tovarious steps of her government.

Putting emphasis on maintaining the continuation of the development, thepremier said the country had to cross many hurdles to earn this success.

“We’ve to also cross many barriers in future to advance the country and it’snatural … we keep capability to face any disaster,” she added.

The prime minister reiterated her determination to build a hunger andpoverty-free country by 2021 and developed and prosperous country in SouthAsia by 2041.

“The people of the country will also celebrate the birth centenary ofBangabandhu in 2020 by establishing Bangladesh as a hunger and poverty-freecountry,” she said.

“We want that we could move on the world stage by keeping our head highand we’re building the country in this way and Insha Allah the country willadvance in that way,” she added.

At the outset of her speech, Sheikh Hasina greeted the countrymen andexpatriate Bangladeshis on the occasion of holy Eid-ul-Fitr. “I want that thepeople will live in joyous environment throughout their life and it’s my wishthat they will live beautifully,” she said.

She also paid rich tributes to Bangabandhu, four national leaders, threemillion martyrs and two lakh mothers and sisters who sacrificed their lifefor the cause of the country.

The gate of the Ganabhaban was opened for visitors at 9.30 am whenpeople from all walks of life started coming after their Eid prayers andwaited in a long queue to meet the prime minister. On the occasion the biglawn of Gonabhaban was tastefully decorated.

Leaders of different political parties, parliament members, freedomfighters, educationists, senior journalists, leaders of associate bodies of
Awami League and different professional and trade bodies as well as the crosssection of people including beggars and destitute exchanged Eid greetingswith the prime minister.

Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury, LGRD Minister Engineer KhandakarMosharraf Hossain, AL Presidium Members Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, MuhammadFaruk Khan, Dr Abdur Razzak and Sahara Khatun, central leaders MozaffarHossain Paltu, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Ashim Kumar Ukil, Khalid MahmudChowdhury and Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sayeed Khokan were present,among others.

Like previous years, some of the visitors took the programme as anopportunity to draw attention of the top executive of the country to their
woes and sufferings and sought her intervention and support to resolve thoseproblems.

Later, Sheikh Hasina exchanged Eid greetings with judges of the SupremeCourt, senior civil and military officials and ambassadors and highcommissioners of different friendly countries at a separate programme onGanabhaban lawn.

Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Choudhury, Chief Justice SyedMahmud Hossain and the chiefs of the three services attended the function.BSS.

KK

 

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