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PM to public representative: Work for the people, not to make own fortune

The premier stated this at the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-elected mayor of Barisal City Corporation

Update : 22 Oct 2018, 02:23 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked public representatives to work for the welfare of the people—not to make their own fortune and further their personal agendas.

"You're elected representatives. People cast votes for you. You'll have to evaluate every voter. You'll have to be sincere so that all can enjoy civic amenities," she said on Monday, reports UNB.

The premier made the statement at the oath-taking ceremony of newly-elected mayor of Barisal City Corporation Serniabat Sadiq Abdullah—held at Shapla Hall at her office.

The prime minister administered the oath, and Local Government Division Senior Secretary Dr Zafar Ahmed Khan conducted the oath-taking ceremony.

Later, the newly-elected 30 councillors of general wards, and 10 female councillors of the reserved seats, of Barisal City Corporation, were also sworn in at the same venue.

Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain administered the councillors’ oath.

The prime minister also urged the newly-elected mayor and councillors to be diligent so that all funds allocated for development can properly be used for the wellbeing of the people.

"We've undertaken massive development programs. You'll have to be diligent so that every penny of the development allocation we provide is used for the welfare of the people," she said.

Sheikh Hasina said Awami League has been in power for nearly 10 years. "We announced, 'the Charter of Change,' in the election manifesto. Today, the change has truly come into the lives of the people. The poverty rate has declined, while the per capita income has increased."

She said, currently, 90% of the national budget draws on the country's own financing.

The prime minister also urged the public representative to work to protect the young generation from terrorism, militancy, and drugs.

"We want to build a terrorism-, militancy-, and drug-free Bangladesh," she said.

Thanking those who cast their votes for Awami League's election symbol, the boat, in the city election, Sheikh Hasina – also the Awami League president – urged the public representatives to convey her message to the people—that she seeks their votes in the upcoming general election.

Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridge Minister Obaidul Quader were also present at the event.

Awami League mayoral candidate Serniabat was elected mayor in the Barisal City Corporation election held on July 30.

He won the election by a large margin—defeating his nearest rival BNP contestant Mujibur Rahman Sarwar.

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