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GM Quader: Government losing credibility due to ministers’ contradictory remarks

The Jatiya Party chairman says the government seems to be taking imprudent decisions to avoid its failure to ensure Covid vaccine for the people

Update : 04 Aug 2021, 09:43 PM

Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader on Wednesday said people were getting confused and losing their trust in the government due to “funny” remarks by the ministers.

In a statement, he also said ministers were making contradictory remarks due to lack of coordination. 

The Jatiya Party chief said Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque’s remarks on taking punitive action against those unvaccinated people aged 18 or above who go outside from August 11 is not only unreasonable, unrealistic and unacceptable, but also completely ridiculous.

GM Quader said the number of people in the country who had so far been vaccinated with two doses of the vaccines was fewer than 10 million.

According to a report of the Covid taskforce, Bangladesh is one of the countries lagging behind in vaccination drive. “Bangladesh also lags far behind in Southeast Asia in this regard.”

The Jatiya Party chief said when the entire world was making life normal through vaccination, it seems the Bangladesh government is taking imprudent decisions to avoid its failure to ensure Covid vaccine shots for people.  


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He said the minimum age limit for the vaccination was still 25 years. “In that case, how can the garment workers between the ages of 18 and 24 go to factories? How will transport workers of this age go out to work?  Or how will the shopkeepers of this age open their shops?” 

Quader also said the Health Ministry issued a statement on Tuesday disagreeing with the Liberation War affairs minister’s comment on not allowing unvaccinated people on the streets.

“Such incidents are happening repeatedly due to the unplanned and short-sighted decisions and for lack of coordination. People get confused with such statements of the ministers. At the same time, ordinary people are losing trust in the government,” he said.

On Tuesday, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque said Covid jabs had been made mandatory for public movement from August 11.  “Any movement by people aged 18 or above without being vaccinated would be considered a punishable offence.”

However, the minister retracted his statement by issuing a media release on Wednesday.

“All citizens above the age of 18 will be vaccinated in phases. But Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque is withdrawing the part of his statement that anyone above 18 years will not be allowed to go outside after August 11,” the release said.

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