Resist terrorism, militancy to protect future generations: PM
28 July 2017, Nirapad News: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon all including the public servants to put up resistance against terrorism, militancy and drug addiction to save the future generations from these evil activities.
“Corruption will have to be rooted out from the society at any cost and the future generation will have to be protected by building resistance against terrorism, militancy and drug addiction,” she told the Bangladesh Administrative Services Association (BASA) Annual Conference-2017 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) here last evening.
Stating that the main responsibilities of the public servants is to serve the people, the prime minister also sought sincere cooperation of the public servants to implement her government’s Vision-2021 and Vision-2041 to build a prosperous and developed Bangladesh.
“Let’s build a happy, prosperous and developed Bangladesh by materialising Vision-2021 and 2041 together,” she said.
Public Administration Minister Syed Ashraful Islam and State Minister for Public Administration Ismat Ara Sadique were present at the function as the special guests.
Cabinet Secretary Md Shafiul Alam and BASA Vice-President Farid Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury spoke on the occasion, while BASA Secretary General Kabir Bin Anwar gave welcome speech at the function.
A video on development-friendly public administration was screened.
Reminding the public servants that every citizen has a right to get quick government services without any harassment, the prime minister said that the public servants will have to stay alert so that development is made from the grassroots to the centre.
“We want to build Bangladesh as poverty and beggar-free country and we want to build society through balanced development meaning removing income disparity,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina also asked the public servants to execute the social safety programmes properly. “You will have to give due attention so that the educational institutions and hospitals are run properly,” she said, adding Bangladesh will have to be built as an educated nation.
The prime minister said her government is setting up 100 economic zones across the country for further industrialization and generating more employments.
In this connection, she said that that the public servants will have to work sincerely to attract investment in the economic zones.
Sheikh Hasina said her government’s wants that there won’t be single homeless in the country. “I hope that the public servants will give due attention for arrangements of housing of the homeless people and their employment,” she said.
Advising the public servants to protect the evidence of the liberation war and project its true history before the generation, the prime minister said, “The history of the independence is the history of our sacrifice and pride.”
“The future generations will have to know this history so that they could build themselves as a victorious nation,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said the women rights will have to be ensured as coveted development of the country is not possible leaving half of the population out of uplift process.
The prime minister said the salary of the public servants comes from the hard-earned money of the common people. “So keeping this in mind, the public servants will have to work for ensuring the welfare of the ultra poor and grassroots rural people,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said the aim of her politics is to change the lot of the common people. “We didn’t come to power for changing own fate, we have come to power changing the lot of the commoners and you have got its proof,” she said.
Regarding the World Bank allegation about the Padma bridge corruption, Sheikh Hasina said she cannot compromise if anybody raises question about her honesty.
“When the World Bank raised allegation I took a challenge it, because I didn’t come here to earn money. Whatever I have, I want to distribute those among the people and I feel pain when anybody wants to undermine the country,” she said.
Paying respect to Bangabandhu, Sheikh Hasina said he struggled his entire life to build a hunger and poverty-free Bangladesh. “But his dream was not materialized as the killers didn’t give that scope to him … we’re now making strides to materialise his dream by turning grief into a strength,” she said.
The prime minister said the government has given permission for introduction of performance-based evaluation and took steps for e-government procurement meaning e-tendering.
“We’ve taken these steps so that transparency and accountability are ensured at all spheres,” she said.
In this connection, she said many ministries didn’t complete the introduction of e-tendering process and asked those ministries to finish the work in this regard.
Sheikh Hasina said annual performance agreements are being signed with the ministries and government divisions for properly implementing the development programmes.
She directed the public servants to properly implement the development programmes to keep up the pace of uplift.
The prime minister also directed the BASA members to perform their responsibility with patriotism, honesty, sincerity and integrity. “Keep yourselves always ready to face any challenge of the country,” she said.
The prime minister said she is happy that innovation teams have been formed at the field and ministry levels under the leadership of the admin cadre to provide hassle-free services to the people at low cost and short time.
“The Access to Information (A2I) has been giving innovation fund to make your strides a success,” she said. Sheikh Hasina said the “Public Administration Padak” has been introduced to expedite your work pace.
“Measures are being taken for timely promotion of the government officials, while new posts of senior assistant secretary and above posts in different ministries and divisions has been created,” she said.
The prime minister mentioned that she has directed for promotion of officials of all cadres including administration by resolving problems and legal barriers.
She said up to 122 percent salary and allowances have been increased in the new pay scale for further improvement of the living standard of the government employees.