• Thursday, Apr 09, 2020
  • Last Update : 09:09 am

PM: Govt determined to uphold religious values

  • Published at 10:11 pm January 29th, 2020
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the parliament on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 PID

Headscarves are not banned in Motijheel Ideal School and College, Sheikh Hasina tells parliament  

The government is determined to uphold religious values and taking legal action against anyone who hurts religious sentiments, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said in parliament on Wednesday. 

The prime minister made the statement while responding to a supplementary question raised by Opposition Chief Whip Mashiur Rahman Ranga during her Q&A session, BSS reported. 

When Ranga, Jatiya Party lawmaker from Rangpur 1 constituency, asked the prime minister whether it was true that headscarves for female students had been banned at Motijheel Ideal School and College, she said no.

“The Ministry of Education, in its investigation, did not find any truth to this allegation. Its governing body also did not make any decision to ban headscarves for the girls,” the prime minister said.

“The Awami League government is determined to uphold the spirit and values of Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and other religions. This government is always conscious about taking legal measures against any activity that hurts religious sentiments and norms. Bangladesh is an independent, sovereign and secular country,” Hasina further said.

In another supplementary question, BNP lawmaker Harunur Rashid urged the prime minister to visit different parts of Dhaka city without security protocol to know, first hand, what the young generation wants and thinks about.

In response, she said: “It’s right that I move around maintaining a security protocol, but that doesn’t mean that I am not aware of the conditions in Dhaka and Bangladesh. We keep watch on what is happening (in the country).

“He [Harun] told me I should oversee everything properly. But when I work too much, another question is raised: Why does the prime minister have to do everything?” she further said, adding that she has to oversee everything as she has taken the responsibility of running the country. 

About the young generation, Hasina said the government was taking appropriate measures to ensure that the youth can return to a healthy life, giving up drugs, violence and militancy.

In reply to a question from Awami League MP Mahmud Us Samad Chowdhury, the prime minister informed the House that her government was planning to set up a technical school and college in every upazila.

She also mentioned that her government was preparing a second perspective plan, aiming to make Bangladesh a developed country with over $12,500 per capita income by 2041.

In reply to a query from Jatiya Party MP Fakhrul Imam, Hasina said the government was monitoring social media round the clock, so no individual, group and section can disrupt peace and order by spreading rumours and misleading information.