'We will make sure that every village receives urban facilities so that their inhabitants can lead a good life. We will turn every village into a township'
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said if the Awami League government is voted to power again, they will ensure civic amenities and an improved lifestyle for the people of every village in the country.
“The next election is going to be held in December. If you cast your vote for Boat and restore Awami League to power, we will make sure that every village receives urban facilities so that their inhabitants can lead a good life. We will turn every village into a township,” she said while addressing a public rally at the Pabna Police Line grounds on Saturday.
The prime minister also said her government intends to build a Bangladesh free of poverty, militancy, and drugs, adding that these along with terrorism can destroy families and urging the people to assist the government in their drives against militancy and drugs.
Sheikh Hasina urged people from all walks of life to unite and combat such social issues.
“Awami League has always worked for the betterment of people and the development of the country, as you have seen over our last two terms, and we will continue to do so if you vote for boat and reinstate us,” the Awami League president continued.
Mentioning that the BNP-Jamaat coalition had wreaked havoc on the country with violence and arson attacks in 2013 and 2014, the prime minister said: “They only know how to destroy. They cannot give anything to the country.”
Referring to safety net programs, she mentioned that the government provides stipends to around four million widows, 1.4 million women who have been abandoned by their husbands, four million elderly, and another million physically challenged people. Additionally, allowances are given to around 80,000 physically challenged students and the mothers of 14 million primary school students.
Talking about the development of the economy, Sheikh Hasina said 100 economic zones are being set up in the country in order to develop the industrial sector and create employment.
She also mentioned the government’s improvements to the country’s infrastructure, and added that if reelected, she would enhance the navigability of the country’s rivers through dredging, and expand railway connectivity all across Bangladesh.
The rally, organized by Pabna district Awami League, was presided over by its president and Land Minister Shamsur Rahman Sherif.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, Awami League presidium member Dr Abdur Razzaque, and Awami League Joint General Secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak also spoke at the occasion.
Earlier, the Prime Minister inaugurated 31 development projects and unveiled the foundation stones of 18 developmental works from the venue.