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PM calls for upholding development, democratic values

  • Published at 12:01 am December 16th, 2018
PM Sheikh Hasina
File photo of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Focus Bangla

'Let us engage ourselves for the welfare of the country'

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged all to come forward and uphold the development and democratic values being imbued with the spirit of the independence struggle.

“Let us engage ourselves for the welfare of the country,” she said in her Victory Day message on Saturday.

She extended her sincere greetings and warm felicitations to the countrymen at home and abroad on the occasion of the 48th Victory day, reports BSS.

“Our government has relentlessly been working for the development of the country and its people according to its election pledges,” the Prime Minister added.

“We have been taking the country forward with immense developments in all sectors, including economy, agriculture, education, transport and communication, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), infrastructure, power generation, rural economy, and diplomatic relations and cooperation during the last 10 years,” Sheikh Hasina said.

“We have also joined the elite club of countries with satellite technology with the launching of Bangabandhu Satellite-1. Our GDP growth rate is now 7.86%, the highest in our history. The poverty rate has now declined to 21.8% and the hardcore poverty rate stands 11.3%. The per capita income has been raised to $1751,” she added.

“The students are getting free textbooks. The literacy rate is now over 73%. About 90% people of the country have come under the electricity coverage. The healthcare facilities are being provided to the doorsteps of the people,” she added.

“The life expectancy has increased to 72 years. Digital Bangladesh is now a reality. Lots of projects have been implementing for the development in overall communication infrastructures across the country. The construction of the metro rail is going on,” she said.

The prime minister said: “Our government is working with a ‘zero tolerance’ policy to eliminate militancy, terrorism and drug-menace. For the first time in the world, we have formulated a hundred year plan named ‘Delta Plan 2100’. Bangladesh is one of the five top countries in the world in economic development. And about 90% of the development is self-financed.”

“We have peacefully resolved the land boundary problem with India. Disputes with India and Myanmar on maritime boundary have also been resolved. Bangladesh’s contribution to the various international forums to establish global peace has been lauded,” she said.

“The world is now acclaiming Bangladesh for attaining remarkable progress in socio-economic fronts. All these were possible through continuation of the constitutional and democratic process,” she added.

The prime minister said: “We have been working relentlessly to build a hunger and poverty-free and a peaceful middle-income Bangladesh by 2021 and a developed and prosperous one by 2041. We are hopeful of building a Golden Bangladesh as the one dreamt by the Father of the Nation.”