She also laid the foundation stones of 31 projects
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged the affluent people of Bangladesh to come forward for the welfare of distressed people; following the example set by Ranada Prasad Shaha through his philanthropic activities.
"He (Ranada Prasad) founded many service-providing institutions in a remote village. What he did was to serve the people. I think there are many wealthy people in our country who can follow the example set by the Kumidi Welfare Trust (founded by him) for the promotion of women’s education and services for distressed people," she said.
The prime minister made the remarks while addressing a function arranged to distribute the Danveer Ranada Prasad Shaha Memorial Gold Medal, at the Kumudini Complex in Mirzapur district.
The function was arranged on the occasion of the 86th founding anniversary of the Kumudini Welfare Trust.
The prime minister said: “Now, no one can neglect Bangladesh by treating it as a poor country. The whole world considers Bangladesh a development role model. We could bring these changes in the last 10 years.”
She added that her government wants to develop both the country and society further.
Noting that children are future citizens of the country, she said the government wishes to build a decent life and bright future for them.
Sheikh Rehana, the younger daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was present as a special guest at the function organised by Kumudini Welfare Trust of Bengal (BD).
The Prime Minister handed over the Danveer Ranada Prasad Shaha Memorial Gold Medal to four eminent individuals this year. They are: political leader and former prime minister of erstwhile Pakistan Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy (posthumous), National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam (posthumous), Nazrul expert and researcher National Professor Rafiqul Islam, and internationally renowned artist Shahabuddin Ahmed.
On behalf of Shaheed Suhrawardy, Sheikh Rehana received the gold medal from the prime minister, while Khilkhil Kazi, granddaughter of Poet Nazrul Islam, received the medal on behalf of the National Poet.
Kumudini Welfare Trust of Bengal (BD) Ltd Chairman and Managing Director Rajiv Prasad Shaha also spoke at the event, which was presided over by its Director and language movement veteran Protiva Mutsundi. Srimoti Shaha, another director of the trust, delivered the welcome speech.
At the function, two separate documentaries were screened on the life and works of Ranada Prasad Shaha and the 86-year journey of the Kumudini Welfare Trust. The prime minister witnessed a drill by students at Bharateswari Homes.
The Kumudini Trust Welfare conferred honorarium crests on Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana. The prime minister also provided an honorarium crest to Kumudini Welfare Trust.
Earlier, the Prime Minister opened and laid the foundation stones of a total of 31 development projects in the district.
The development projects inaugurated by the prime minister are: the Dherua Railway Overpass; the 33/11 KV Switching Station; the Grid Sub-Station Boilya, the Rabna Bypass, Tangail; the 33/11 KV 20 MVA Indoor Sub-Station Indraboleta, Porabari in Tangail; the 100 percent electrification of the Basail, Delduar and Nagarpur upazilas; the expansion of administrative buildings and hall rooms of Shakhipur Upazila Complex, Kalihati-Soyarhat Hatiya Road; the extension of the Upazila Complex Building in Mirzapore; the Bangabandhu VIP Auditorium at the Tangail Press Club, Upazila Muktijoddha Complex in Mirzapore; and Upazila Livestock Development Centre in Mirzapore.
She also laid the foundation stones of the: widening project (Tangail part) of Elenga-Jamalpur National Highway (N-4),; reconstruction of 10 damaged bridges and a culvert on Elenga-Bhuapur-Chargabsara Road; Regional Highway Development Project; upgrade work of Tangail-Delduar Highway Karatia- Basail Road, and Pakulla-Delduar-Elason Road; expansion of Administrative Building and Hall Room of Kalihati Upazila Complex, Karatiapara Govt Primary School, Basail, Baten Bahini Muktijuddha Jadughar, Delduar, Rasulpur Land Office in Ghatail, Lokrepara Land Office in Ghatail, Delduar Fire Service and Civil Defence Office, model mosques in Tangail Sadar, and Basail upazilas, Sakhipur Upazila Land Office, Madhupur Upazila Land Office and Mirzapore Upazila Land Office and the newly-constructed building of Tangail Circuit House.
The prime minister also laid the foundation stones of Bharateswari Homes Multipurpose Hall and the Institute of Post Graduate Nursing Complex on Kumudini Complex.
Ranada Prasad Shaha was a social worker and promoter of education, and is widely known as RP Shaha.
Between 1938 and 1944, RP Shaha set up the free dispensary Kumudini Hospital.
He later established Bharateswari Homes, Kumudini Girls' College and Debendra College. In 1944 he donated Rs2.5 lakh to the British Red Cross.
On May 7, 1971, RP Shaha and his only son were abducted by the Pakistan Army and their collaborators from Narayanganj. They never returned.