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PM promises to eliminate hunger in her govt’s remaining time

11Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday pledged to free the country from hunger during the remaining period of her government’s term since the current poverty rate is around 22 percent while that of extreme poverty came down to around 9 percent.
She came up with the vow while addressing a function marking the distribution of certificates and crests among successful trainees of the concluding courses of the 92nd and 93rd Law and Administration Courses of BCS Administration Academy held at its auditorium in the city.
Reiterating her vow to make Bangladesh a middle-income country before 2021 and a prosperous developed country by 2041, Hasina said, “The main force of materialising these visions is the field-level officials. You’ll always render your services loving the country and its people.”
The Prime Minister also asked the civil servants, including those at the field level and young ones, not to confine themselves to their routine works but to devote to the country’s development with their innovative ideas and thinking.
“The development of many areas depend on the initiatives of those who are in-charge of that areas. They must have innovative ideas and thoughts alongside discharging their routine works. Because, different areas have different potentials and you’ll have to find out that and work accordingly,” she said.
Reminding the government officials that they are the servants of the common people and it is the duty of each and every public servant to render service and work for people, Hasina said the salaries and allowances of the public servants are given while the infrastructures built with the hard-earned money of farmers, day labourers and common people. “Keeping this in mind, all will have to be more careful about them.”
She also asked the young public servants to move ahead with self-dignity and confidence since Bangladesh is an independent and sovereign country.
Turning to the winning of the maritime boundary verdicts over Myanmar and India as well as the recent ratification of the Land Boundary Agreement by India, she said her government has been solving problems with neighbouring countries one after another through bilateral discussions. “This is politics and this is political reality to bring successes through bilateral discussions.”
She said directives have already been given to ensure the overall welfare of people living in the enclaves.
Noting that no country could be freed from poverty without having an educated nation, the Prime Minister listed various efforts of her government to flourish education saying that once the country achieves financial solvency, her government would make education free for all so that no one would have to spend for education.
Talking about promotion, the Prime Minister said it is not always possible to make happy everybody and asked the authorities concerned to be careful so that the deserved officials are not deprived of their due upgradadtion in the future.
Following the demand from the State Minister for Public Administration and the Rector of the BCSAdministrationAcademy to provide separate land for the new BCS administration academy building due to the growing demand and increasing training facilities, Hasina said she would consider the matter for setting up a training institute at a suitable place.
Putting emphasis on conducting duty-based practical trainings instead of classroom-based training, the Prime Minister said importance would also have to be given on e-learning which will take building Digital Bangladesh concept further ahead.
Earlier, the Prime Minister distributed Rector Awards to Jannatul Ferdous of 92nd Law and Administration Course and Syed Ashrafuzzaman of 93rd Law and Administration Course for their best performances in the respective courses.
She also distributed certificates among participants who successfully completed the courses. BCS Administration Academy Rector Md Sohrab Hossain also administered oath among the successful officials.
State Minister for Public Administration Ismat Ara Sadique, Public Administration Ministry Senior Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury also spoke on the occasion. BCS Administration Academy Rector Md Sohrab Hossain delivered the welcome address.
Rector award recipients Jannatul Ferdous and Syed Ashrafuzzaman expressed their feelings on the occasion on behalf of the trainees.