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PM to army: Always stand beside people

  • Published at 08:02 pm June 16th, 2019
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina exchanges greetings with army officials during the inaugural function of the Army Selection Board, 2019 at Dhaka Cantonment on Sunday, June 16, 2019 Focus Bangla

Sheikh Hasina said her government will complete the incomplete works of the Father of the Nation

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, on Sunday, asked the army to stand beside the people by bestowing its leadership onto the competent, and patriotic officers.

“The army will always stand beside the people. This is why the leadership will have to be bestowed upon qualified, competent, and patriotic officers,” she said while addressing the inaugural function of the Army Selection Board, 2019, as the chief guest, at Dhaka Cantonment this morning.

Sheikh Hasina’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the function.

The Prime Minister hoped that the selection board will recommend army officials for promotion upon considering their qualities, such as patriotism, belief in the spirit of the Liberation War, leadership quality, professional efficiency, discipline, honesty, trustworthiness, and loyalty, reports BSS.

She said, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman formulated the Defence Policy in 1974. In light of the policy, the present government has formulated the Forces Goal 2030 to build a strong armed force for the country.

Bangabandhu is the first person who had ruled the country after taking birth in this soil, she said, adding that the people who ruled the country earlier came from another land.

Sheikh Hasina, the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu, said her government will complete the incomplete works of the Father of the Nation.

Sheikh Hasina said her government has relentlessly been working to turn the country into ‘Sonar Bangla’, as dreamt by the Father of the Nation, by making Bangladesh a hunger- and poverty-free country, where no one will remain hungry, adding that five crore people have so far been brought under the Social Safety Net program.

She said, her government has taken all effective measures for development, expansion, and modernization of the army, adding ‘The Forces Goal 2030’ is now being executed, aimed at enhancing professional excellence, and human resources development of the armed forces.

“I personally think of myself as a sebak (service provider), not prime minister,” she said, adding that her government wants to run the country as the people’s servant, not as a ruler.

 “The country has achieved 8.13 percent GDP growth, and targeted to achieve 8.2 percent growth in the FY 2019-2020. We will make double digit GDP growth in the days to come. The GDP growth will increase further, once the mega projects are implemented,” the Prime Minister said.

The FY 2019-2020  budget of Tk5,23,190 crore is the biggest ever in the county’s history, and Annual Development Program of over Tk2 lakh crore is part of the foresighted plan, she said.

Stressing the need for proper implementation of the budget, the Prime Minister asked the authorities concerned, to control the inflation rate with the rising trend of GDP growth.

She said: “There was always a 5 percent deficit in budgets of the past, and it had never crossed the limit.”

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said “Bangladesh is well ahead [in comparison to many other countries] in terms of achieving women empowerment. The recently held (14th)) OIC conference (at Makkah in Saudi Arabia) has appreciated our women empowerment situation.”

The Prime Minister said in 1981, when she returned to the country people lacked confidence but that situation is not prevailing now. “People have regained the lost trust and confidence now, she said. 

Chief of Army Staff, General Aziz Ahmed received the Prime Minister at the venue.

PM’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, Defence Secretary Akhter Hussain Bhuiya, and Principal Staff Officer of the Armed Forces Division Lt General Md Mahfuzur Rahman, among others, were present.