PM urges BGB members to uphold discipline, respect and honour
DHAKA, Dec 20, 2014 Nirapad News : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged the members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) to uphold discipline, humanity, respect and honour to seniors and above all mutual sympathy to enrich the force.
In this connection, she mentioned that her government never wants to see any tragic incident like Pilkhana carnage in future from a disciplined force.
The Prime Minister was addressing a Special Darbar of the BGB organized at its Head Quarters of the Force at Pilkhana here today.
Sheikh Hasina expressed firm optimism that the BGB would become an internationally standard peace keeping force saying they should not do anything damaging for the force and country as well.
Pointing out the BDR mutiny in 2009, she said the government completed the reforms of the force within the shortest time and ensured justice bringing the criminals to book.
“Now, the loyalty and confidence of the BGB members are out of question and the force is now working with dignity and goodwill,” she said.
She said people of the country want peace and BGB members are the part of the people. She urged BGB members to let the government know about their demands and problems. “All problems would be resolved through discussion,” she said.
Referring to various steps in reformation of BGB, she said, massive programmes have been undertaken and implemented for modernization, expansion of the force.
Besides, nearly 20 thousand additional manpower including priority manpower of the BGB has been recruited since 2009 following the new organizational structure, she said.
Recalling the 219-year long history of the force, Sheikh Hasina said the BGB was founded in 1795 through establishment of Ramgarh Local Battalion and has now become a well-organized border security force of the country.
The government is committed for development of the ‘Ever Vigilant Sentinels Force’ to make it more capable in safeguarding country’s boundary, she said.
In this regard, she mentioned providing transport, motor cycles in BOPs, construction of border sentry posts and other logistics for the BGB alongside giving approval of 26 double cabin pick-ups for the sectors, battalions and units.
Talking about 479 kilometer long unprotected border with India, the Prime Minister said, her government already approved two sectors, 5 battalions and 92 BOPs for the BGB adding that most of the projects have already been implemented.
With full implementation of the projects, the entire Chittagong Hill Tracts would be much more protected and safeguarded, she said.
Sheikh Hasina hoped that members of the BGB would continue accomplishing their responsibilities with honesty, patriotism and discipline saying her government would provide all-out support and cooperation to this end.
After her formal address, the Prime Minister responded to a number of questions raised by the members of the BGB.
BGB Director General Major General Aziz Ahmed gave the welcome address while ministers, state ministers, parliament members, diplomats and high civil and military officials were present.