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President to Army: Prioritize public interest, their welfare

  • Published at 03:59 pm December 3rd, 2019
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President Abdul Hamid with army officials at the 6th reunion parade of the Signal Corps of Bangladesh Army at Jessore cantonment on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 PID

President Hamid is visiting the Jessore cantonment

President Abdul Hamid has urged members of Bangladesh Army to work for the welfare of common people, apart from ensuring the country's security and sovereignty. 

"All power belongs to people in a democratic government system. All activities of the State and government are carried out for the welfare of people. You [Army], therefore, should give highest priority to public interest and their welfare while performing your duties," he said. 

The president made the statement while delivering speech at the 6th reunion parade of the Signal Corps of Bangladesh Army at Jessore cantonment on Tuesday, reports UNB.

Stating that public’s money is spent for Bangladesh’s development and to meet expenses of the State, he said: “So, you will have to stand beside people during their need apart from ensuring the national security." 

Hamid hoped that Bangladesh Army will follow national integrity strategy while performing their duties with honesty and sincerity. 

President Hamid, also commander-in-chief of Armed Forces Division (AFD), paid tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the martyrs, who sacrificed their lives in the 1971 Liberation War, and four national leaders, who were killed in jail.

Highlighting the steps to modernize Bangladesh Army, the president said the current government has already taken different initiatives under Bangladesh Armed Forces Goal-2030. 

He said two Signal Battalions, three Static Signal Company in Barisal, Sylhet and Ramu and four Brigade Signal Company, have beenestablished throughout Bangladesh as a continuation of overall development of Army. 

For the modernization of communications and information technology, Army has adopted plans to incorporate cyberwarfare groups, electronic warfare units, sitcom units and strategic transmission units into the army under the Forces Goal-2030. 

"These steps will further strengthen Army’s military capabilities and communication capabilities," he added. 

Lauding contributions of members of Army, both at home and abroad, he said its members have shown remarkable efficiency in global arena that upheld Bangladesh's image. 

"You [Bangladesh Army] will have to continue this contribution in the future for the country as well as the nation," he said. 

Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed, senior officials of government and Bangladesh Army were, among others, were present in the program.