The prime minister asked the Ansar and VDP, being the largest force in the country, to perform the duties bestowed upon them properly
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday asked the Bangladesh Ansar to work for the national development alongside discharging their routine duties to ensure public security, as they are the country’s biggest law enforcement agency in terms of number.
“We expect you [Ansar] will perform your duties with honesty, utmost sincerity and bravery to ensure public security alongside making efforts to defeat the evil forces,” she said, while addressing the 40th national rally of Bangladesh Ansar and Village Defence Party (VDP) at the Bangladesh Ansar-VDP Academy at Shafipur, Gazipur, reports BSS.
She simultaneously urged the Ansars to play enhanced role for country’s development as her government has created a scope for all to make contribution to this end.
“You will perform the duties vested upon you accordingly as the country’s largest force,” she told the Ansars.
She said: “The day is not far away when Bangladesh will be transformed into a developed and prosperous country free from poverty and hunger if we all work in unison.”
Hasina also handed over eight types of special medals — Bangladesh Ansar Medal, President’s Ansar Medal, Bangladesh VDP Medal, President VDP Medal, Bangladesh Ansar Services Medal, President’s Ansar Services Medal, Bangladesh VDP Services Medal and President’s VDP Services Medal — to 143 Ansar and VDP members for their bravery and praiseworthy services.
Besides, she also handed over the posthumous medal to the wife of late Golam Mostafa.
The prime minister later witnessed a colourful cultural program performed by Ansar and VDP members and joined a “darbar” where she cut a cake marking the forces’ founding anniversary.
Addressing the rally, she had also thanked the Ansar force for taking programs to observe the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, which would be observed through the Mujib Year, or “Mujib Borsho,” from March 17, 2020 to March 17, 2021.
Recalling the contribution of the Ansars, Hasina said the force has been playing remarkable role in containing terrorism, militancy and extremism alongside discharging duties during all the elections including the national polls.
“Besides, the force had played a significant role when the lives of people became risky due to arson attacks and they performed huge responsibility in protecting the rail tracks at that time,” she said, adding that the honesty and efficiency of the force is now recognized by all.
“The Ansar bahini has been working to ensure security at the airports,” she also said, adding that two women battalion and 42 ansar battalions have been working to ensure public security at the grassroots, while 16 ansar battalions have been working with Bangladesh Army to maintain the law and order in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
Besides, the newly formed Ansar Guard Battalion has been working to ensure security of diplomats, country’s important personalities alongside safeguarding the diplomatic enclaves, she continued.
Highlighting various programmes taken for overall development of Ansar and VDP, she said, “We have been implementing various programmes for the development of Ansar Bahini as our government is always sincere to resolve problems of the forces.”
She said her government has already formed a guard battalion and four Ansar battalions, while formation of two more battalions is at final stage for safeguarding the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, Mujibnagar Liberation War Memorial Complex and the mango orchard.
Sheikh Hasina said the manpower of the force has been increased to reorganize the organizational structure, adding “rank badges have been harmonized from the post of deputy director general to director.”
The premier said as many as six posts for deputy director general and 17 for director have been created in 2019, while a total of 966 members of the force have been promoted in previous year.
Noting that her government has formed the Ansar and VDP Bank, she said: “The bank will help the Ansar Bahini to become self reliant.”
“The process of enacting the ‘Ansar Battalion Act’ is also underway,” she said, adding that her government has introduced the risk allowances for the force members.
Stating that her government has introduced “service” and “bravery” awards for the force in recognition of their contribution, she said: “We are always sympathized to your benefits and welfare.”
Noting that Bangladesh Ansar was awarded highest state honour “Swadhinata Padak” in 1998 for its special contribution to the field of sports, she said: “We also first gave the national flag to the Ansar Bahini.”
“The players of the force have achieved 68 out of 142 medals in the recently concluded SA Games,” Hasina said, adding that the Ansars have also brightened Bangladesh’s image in the international arena in sports and culture.