The prime minister targets to free Bangladesh from poverty
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the government wants to attain economic development keeping Bangladesh free from terrorism and militancy.
She said this while speaking at a program on Monday, when leaders of the Buddhist community greeted her on the occasion of Buddha Purnima at her official residence Ganobhaban, reports UNB.
The prime minister said: "It is regretful that terrorism and militancy have now become a global problem. Actually, those who are involved in militancy are just militants. They have no religion, country and border - they're just militants - this is the fact.
"We want to keep Bangladesh free from these menaces and free it from poverty."
Sheikh Hasina said now she can say Bangladesh is free from hunger.
She added: "Currently, we are at 21% poverty, with the rate of ultra poor being at 11%. We want to build a poverty-free Bangladesh, and the government is working keeping that in mind," she said.
The prime minister said development will go on irrespective of religions and castes. "That is our duty and that is our political ideology."
The government believes in communal harmony, she said adding: "In Bangladesh, people celebrate together the festivals of all religions."
The premier said the responsibility of the state is to make sure that the people of all religions are able to perform their religious rituals peacefully and independently. "That is secularism and non-communalism."
She also said: "The Creator will decide what is good or bad, and what is right or wrong. The Almighty did not task human beings with that responsibility."
The prime minister said the government will ensure people of Bangladesh can perform their religious rituals with dignity and sincerity. "This tolerance and brotherhood will prevail, that is our aim, and we are working to that end."
Former Industries minister Dilip Barua also spoke at the program while Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Barrister Biplab Barua conducted it.