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PM: Don’t spend a single cent of public money unnecessarily

  • Published at 01:26 pm October 11th, 2020
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined a program at Savar Cantonment virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban in Dhaka on Sunday, October 11, 2020 Focus Bangla

The prime minister also put emphasis on continuing the production of food so that food crisis does not hit Bangladesh

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday again directed not to spend a single cent unnecessarily where expenditure of public money is involved as she fears a second wave of Covid-19 might hit in the coming days.

"There’s an apprehension that Covid-19 pandemic might hit again because many countries are suffering from this pandemic again. We all have to remain safe from now on," she said at a program where she handed over the national standard to ten units and organizations of Bangladesh Army, reports UNB.

She joined the program, which took place at Savar Cantonment, virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban.

She said the government has given a budget of Tk568,000 crore for the 2020-21 fiscal year which was a very tough job due to the Covid-19 pandemic as many countries were suffering from severe economic constrains.

"We’ve given the budget defying all odds, we said that everyone has to remain cautious regarding expending public money, because if coronavirus hits again massively then we’ll need a huge amount of money, we’ll have to help the people again," she said.

In this connection, Sheikh Hasina said the government has to provide treatment, procure medicines, maybe more doctors and nurses will be needed.

"Considering these, we need to maintain austerity, we must not spend even a single cent without any need, we have to take this step keeping an eye on the future," she said.

The prime minister also put emphasis on continuing the production of food so that food crisis does not hit Bangladesh.

She said many countries are suffering from food shortage due to the pandemic. "But in Bangladesh, we took the right decision at the right time. As a result, we aren’t facing that crisis.”

Saying that the coronavirus still persists in the world and there is an apprehension that this might hit again, the prime minister urged all to maintain food production like the previous times.

She briefly described various steps of the government taken at the initial stage of the pandemic in the country. "We all have to work so that we can face any sort of calamities and we must do that."

The prime minister said that the army is the asset of the country and the symbol of trust and confidence.

"If any army failed to gain the belief and confidence of people then they cannot win. So, you all have to attain an honest and glorified life indulged with social and religious values and attain professional skill," she said.

She asked all army personnel to perform their duties maintaining patriotism and highest professionalism. She said as people of the country are their kith and kin, they have to work for their welfare.

Hasina said economic development and prosperity of the country are the main goals of the government and it has been working restlessly towards that direction.

Govt building army to face 21st century challenges

Earlier, chief of army staff General Aziz Ahmed, on behalf of the prime minister, handed over the national standard to ten units and organizations of Bangladesh Army.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said her government has been working to transform the Bangladesh Army into a time-befitting, well-trained, and modern technology and education based force to make it capable enough to face the 21st century’s geopolitical and military challenges, reports BSS.

“We have undertaken necessary programs to build the army to be more efficient to face the geopolitical and military challenges of the 21st century,” she said as the chief guest at a national standard (national flag) handing over ceremony to 10 units and organizations of the Bangladesh Army.

She also said they have adopted the “Forces Goals-2030” in accordance with the “Defence Policy” taken by the Father of the Nation in 1974 to build a time-befitting, well-equipped, and modern technology and knowledge based army to keep pace with any force of the world as the Bangladesh Army has been working with other global modern forces in the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions.

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