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PM: Villagers to reap benefits of independence

  • Published at 02:22 pm March 25th, 2019
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addresses at the Independence Award giving function held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on Monday, March 25, 2019 Focus Bangla

She stated this at the Swadhinata Padak 2019 event on Monday

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the priority of her government is to ensure that every house in every village reaps the benefits of independence.

"Everyone will get a prosperous life... no one will be left hungry and homeless, and no one will suffer without treatment... everybody’s life will be meaningful, beautiful and developed. This is our aim …we are running the state to this end," she said.

The prime minister stated this at the Swadhinata Padak 2019 (Independence Award 2019)­—where she presented awards—at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, in Dhaka's Agargaon area, on Monday.

The prime minister said her government’s efforts will be for all to reap the benefits of independence. 

She said: "This was the aim and dream of the Father of the Nation. Our target is to earn dignity as a developed nation in the world arena. We are working with this in mind.”

Sheikh Hasina said the country now stands in a dignified position—with the efforts of the last decade—as GDP has reached 8% growth and the per capital income stands at US $1909. 

"Now Bangladesh is a role model for development in the world," she said.

The premier expressed her gratitude to the people of the country behind all the successes as they voted Awami League into power again, keeping their faith and confidence in the party.


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Remembering the night of March 25 in 1971—the darkest night for the people of Bangladesh, when the Pakistani occupying forces unleashed the most heinous of attacks—she said the government is making its utmost efforts to have it internationally recognized as genocide. 

Bangladesh observes the day as Genocide Day.

Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh as a victorious nation will forever keep its head high.

After independence, she said, Bangabandhu turned the war-ravaged country into a complete state within three and a half years of his tenure.

The prime minister said the Independence Award will inspire the new generation to be imbued with the spirit of patriotism, to carry out their responsibilities toward the nation to take it forward in the future.

Sheikh Hasina congratulated the recipients of the Independence Award 2019, saying the government has given the award this year to those personalities who have made immense contributions to independence, as well as the country’s socio-economic advancement.

Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Housing and Public Works Ministry and former Housing and Public Works minister Mosharraf Hossain spoke on the occasion, on behalf of the award recipients.