She referred to people who embezzled public money from development projects as 'termites'
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the government has taken an initiative to ensure that every cent of money for developmental projects is spent properly.
She said this while inaugurating the official broadcasting of local private television channels through Bangabandhu Satellite 1 at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka on Wednesday.
Referring to those who embezzled public money from development projects as "termites", the premier said: "We sometimes see termites eating up (project funds) while undertaking and implementing development projects.”
"We have been making efforts to catch and destroy these white ants as well as ensuring the proper use of every taka of the hard-earned public money for the development of the country."
She reiterated that the ongoing drive against militancy, terrorism, drugs and corruption will continue, and that action will be taken against people involved in such malpractices.
"We have started a drive against militancy, terrorism, drug and corruption, and they will continue. Action will be taken against whoever is involved in these (offences), no matter who he is and what political party, view, relation and family he belongs to," Sheikh Hasina said.
She urged the Association of Television Channel Owners (ATCO) leaders to be alert regarding broadcasting of propaganda as it creates confusion among people.
"I have no objection if you talk against us (government) or criticize us. But please remain careful about false propaganda. Because, false propaganda creates confusion and doubt among the people of the country," she added.
Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud also spoke as the special guest at the event presided over by Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar.
ATCO Chairman Anjan Chowdhury, also owner of Maasranga Television, delivered the speech of greetings, while Posts and Telecommunications Secretary Ashoke Kumar Biswas gave the welcome speech.
In the function, commercial deeds over the broadcasting using the Bangabandhu Satellite 1 were exchanged between the private television channels and the state-owned Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company.
In May, 2018, Bangladesh joined an elite satellite club by becoming the 57th nation in the world to launch a geostationary communications and broadcasting satellite, the 'Bangabandhu Satellite 1', into orbit from Kennedy Space Center in the US.