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PM Hasina: SSF will be modernized further

  • Published at 04:16 pm June 15th, 2021
Sheikh Hasina
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina attends a special darbar marking the Special Security Force's 35th founding anniversary via videoconference from Ganabhaban in Dhaka on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 Focus Bangla

Science and technology create risks alongside scopes for people, says the prime minister

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said that the Special Security Force (SSF) will be developed as a modern force amid the changing patterns of crimes with the advent of advanced technologies.

“We can develop our lifestyle using modern technologies. But the criminals engaged in terrorism and militancy also can commit crimes of new patterns using the technologies at the same time,” she said while addressing a special darbar (gathering) marking the SSF's 35th founding anniversary.

The prime minister had joined the function at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) via videoconference from her official residence, Ganabhaban, in Dhaka.

Noting that science and technology create risks alongside creating scopes for people, she said: “This is why we always try to equip this special force with modern training and enhance their efficiency regularly keeping pace with the modern age.”

Hasina said the government has already created a scope for the members of this force to receive training both at home and abroad. “We’re also creating greater scopes for this force.

Mentioning that the geopolitics and crime world constantly change, she said modern technologies are making life more dynamic and expanding the spheres of work (of the security forces) as the criminals and militants are also taking advantage of the advanced technologies.

She said the terrorists and militants frequently change their strategies and resort to new types of crimes with the help of new technology.

Special Security Force members at the force's 35th founding anniversary event at the PMO in Dhaka on June 15, 2021 | Focus Bangla

Hasina thanked the SSF members for providing security with utmost efficiency and sincerity to the visiting heads of state and government when they joined the 10-day celebration of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from March 17 to 26.

SSF Director General Maj Gen Md Majibur Rahman, in his welcome speech, raised the different activities of the force.

At the function, the prime minister also opened an e-book titled “Mujib-Bengali-Bangladesh” which was edited by the SSF director general.

Maj Gen Majibur also handed over a cheque of Tk2 crore to the prime minister as a donation from SSF to build 100 houses for homeless families.

The Presidential Security Force (PSF) was formed on June 15, 1986. It was later renamed as Special Security Force in 1991 following the restoration of the parliamentary government system in the country.

Now the primary function of the elite force is to protect the president, the prime minister and other VIPs, though the force was originally intended to “provide physical security,” to the President and other VIPs, including any head of state or government or any person declared to be a VIP by the government.

The prime minister’s daughter Saima Wazed Hossain, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, PMO Secretary Md Tofazzel Hossain Miah and Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim were, among others, attended Tuesday’s event from Ganabhaban.

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