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আলুর ন্যায্যমূল্য নিশ্চিত করতে রপ্তানির পদক্ষেপ নেয়া হয়েছে : বাণিজ্যমন্ত্রী টেকসই উন্নয়নের ধারা চলমান রাখতে বাংলাদেশকে সার্কুলার ইকোনমি মডেল অনুসরণ করতে হবে : শিল্পমন্ত্রী     GP STAR customers to enjoy extra discounts on Shwapno online shopping Ekushey Book Fair postponed for two weeks বোরো ধান  উৎপাদনে প্রকৃত পানির প্রয়োজন হয় ৫৫০-৬৫০ লিটার/কেজি : ব্রির গবেষণা Five-member panel chairman in JS nominated Govt’s goal to build modern, technology-knowledge based nation: PM President urges all to work together on basic issues ডিজিটাল প্রযুক্তিতে শিক্ষার্থীদের দক্ষ করে গড়ে তোলার আহ্বান ডাক ও টেলিযোগাযোগ মন্ত্রীর ই-বর্জ্য এবং কঠিন বর্জ্য ব্যবস্থাপনায় কাজ করছে সরকার : পরিবেশমন্ত্রী ১৬ জানুয়ারি কোভিড-১৯ সংক্রান্ত সর্বশেষ প্রতিবেদন চলচ্চিত্র একটি প্রজন্মের উন্নয়নে গুরুত্বপূর্ণ ভূমিকা রাখে : পররাষ্ট্রমন্ত্রী কুষ্টিয়াতে বেপরোয়া ড্রাম ট্রাকের চাপায় ধারাবাহিক হতাহতের ঘটনায় কুষ্টিয়া স্টাডি গ্রুপ-এর উদ্বেগ প্রকাশ Samsung Galaxy S21FE 5G has officially hit stores realme set to break into premium segment in 2022 কৃষিমন্ত্রীর সাথে মার্কিন রাষ্ট্রদূতের সাক্ষাৎ : শাস্তি নয়, সতর্ক করতে মার্কিন নিষেধাজ্ঞা বিদেশে বসে দেশবিরোধী ষড়যন্ত্রকারীদের বিরুদ্ধে সোচ্চার হোন -ইউরোপিয়ান আওয়ামী লীগের প্রতি তথ্যমন্ত্রী President to address maiden JS session of 2022 on 16 Jan MetLife Bangladesh launches ‘360Health’ mobile app to help people manage serious illnesses ১৫ জানুয়ারি কোভিড-১৯ সংক্রান্ত সর্বশেষ প্রতিবেদন
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আলুর ন্যায্যমূল্য নিশ্চিত করতে রপ্তানির পদক্ষেপ নেয়া হয়েছে : বাণিজ্যমন্ত্রী টেকসই উন্নয়নের ধারা চলমান রাখতে বাংলাদেশকে সার্কুলার ইকোনমি মডেল অনুসরণ করতে হবে : শিল্পমন্ত্রী     GP STAR customers to enjoy extra discounts on Shwapno online shopping Ekushey Book Fair postponed for two weeks বোরো ধান  উৎপাদনে প্রকৃত পানির প্রয়োজন হয় ৫৫০-৬৫০ লিটার/কেজি : ব্রির গবেষণা Five-member panel chairman in JS nominated ডিজিটাল প্রযুক্তিতে শিক্ষার্থীদের দক্ষ করে গড়ে তোলার আহ্বান ডাক ও টেলিযোগাযোগ মন্ত্রীর ই-বর্জ্য এবং কঠিন বর্জ্য ব্যবস্থাপনায় কাজ করছে সরকার : পরিবেশমন্ত্রী চলচ্চিত্র একটি প্রজন্মের উন্নয়নে গুরুত্বপূর্ণ ভূমিকা রাখে : পররাষ্ট্রমন্ত্রী কুষ্টিয়াতে বেপরোয়া ড্রাম ট্রাকের চাপায় ধারাবাহিক হতাহতের ঘটনায় কুষ্টিয়া স্টাডি গ্রুপ-এর উদ্বেগ প্রকাশ Samsung Galaxy S21FE 5G has officially hit stores realme set to break into premium segment in 2022 কৃষিমন্ত্রীর সাথে মার্কিন রাষ্ট্রদূতের সাক্ষাৎ : শাস্তি নয়, সতর্ক করতে মার্কিন নিষেধাজ্ঞা বিদেশে বসে দেশবিরোধী ষড়যন্ত্রকারীদের বিরুদ্ধে সোচ্চার হোন -ইউরোপিয়ান আওয়ামী লীগের প্রতি তথ্যমন্ত্রী MetLife Bangladesh launches ‘360Health’ mobile app to help people manage serious illnesses নারায়ণগঞ্জে সুষ্ঠু, নিরপেক্ষ ও শান্তিপূর্ণ নির্বাচন হবে: কৃষিমন্ত্রী বর্তমান সরকার দেশে ১ লক্ষ ৬৩ হাজার ৩৭৮ হেক্টর ব্লক বাগান এবং ২৬ হাজার ৪৫৩ কি.মি. স্ট্রিপ বাগান সৃজন করেছে :  পরিবেশ ও বনমন্ত্রী লঞ্চে ধুমপান না করতে সতর্কীকরণ পদক্ষেপ গ্রহণ করা হবে : নৌপরিবহন প্রতিমন্ত্রী ভূমি ব্যবস্থাপনা সেবা এখনো শতভাগ দুর্নীতিমুক্ত নয় : ভূমি সচিব ঢাকার চারপাশের ভাটাসমূহ পর্যায়ক্রমে বন্ধ করে দেয়ার লক্ষ্যে বাস্তবমুখী পরিকল্পনা প্রয়োজন : পবা

PM alerts nation against reappearance of coronavirus wraths

Bangladesh Beyond
  • Updated on Friday, January 7, 2022
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PM alerts nation against reappearance of coronavirus wraths

 

DHAKA, Jan 7, 2022 (BSS) –

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today asked for countrymen’s extra caution against quick-spreading new coronavirus variants, warning that the crisis was yet to be over, and urged all eligible people to be vaccinated in quickest possible time.

“The crisis is yet to end,” she told a nationwide televised address coinciding with the completion of the third year of third consecutive term of her government.

Sheikh Hasina called for stricter maintenance and enforcement of health guidelines as a new surge of corinavirus was quickly grasping the globe again, even after exposing Bangladesh and most other countries to a “deep crisis” in 2020 and 2021.

“I urge the people who are yet to get the jabs to take the vaccine immediately (while) health protocols must be followed (as well),” she said.

The premier said the inoculation campaign was underway in full swing while her government took steps to expedite the drive setting a target afresh to vaccinate one crore (or 10 million) people every month from January.

Sheikh Hasina said nearly half of the country’s population or 7.58 crore people so far received the first COVID-19 vaccine dose and nearly 5.46 crore people got the second one while the authorities started administering the third or booster dose last month.

“We have 9.5 crore doses in our stock” right now, the premier said.

The incumbent Awami League government under Sheikh Hasina’s leadership assumed office for the third consecutive term on January 7, 2019 following its landslide victory in 11th parliamentary election on December 30, 2018.

Economy:

The Prime Minister said the pandemic affected Bangladesh economy as it had its onslaughts on other countries with many nations facing disasters but her government managed to recover the losses with “your (countrymen’s) help”.

She said her government was trying to keep moving the wheels of the country’s economy by giving necessary policy supports and various progressive financial stimulus packages since the onset of the crisis.

She said the government so far announced 28 stimulus packages worth over Taka 1.87 crore and 56.76 percent of the amount was disbursed by October last year, befitting 6.74 crore individuals and 1.18 lakh organizations.

She said Bangladesh secured the number one position in terms of GDP in South Asia with 5.43 percent growth during the last fiscal, also heightening the per capita income to US$ 2554 in 2021.

The premier said different global watchdogs praised Bangladesh’s economic performance with World Economic Forum predicting the country to be 24th largest economy by 2030 while the Economist placed it in ninth position in a list of 66 successful emerging economies.

“The 2021 was a year of unprecedented recognition of our development. We achieved final recognition of becoming a developing nation last year. The achievement is a matter of joy and pride for the Bengali nation as it coincided with celebrations of the Mujib Year and golden jubilee of the country’s independence,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said the country was currently leading South Asia in various socio-economic indexes as the outcome of her government’s policy initiatives with a holistic approach, primarily whipping out poverty, developing health system and empowering women.

She said the policy initiatives simultaneously resulted in reduction in mother and children mortality rate, increase of average life expectancy.

“Bangladesh has progressed a lot in the last 13 years. . . It has been possible as the people have kept confidence in us,” she said in an apparent reference to her government’s successive elections to power.

The premier said her government was working with a target to turn Bangladesh into a welfare-oriented, developed and prosperous country by 2041 and “We hope you (people) will stand beside us as you did in the past to this endeavour”.

She said all her government’s endeavour to build a prosperous future for the new generation while the country also largely relied on the “unending vigour” of younger generation in building a progressive Bangladesh confronting all the odds.

“I firmly believe our generation after generation will march ahead with keeping their heads high,” Sheikh Hasina said.

Conspiracy:

The Prime Minister, however, said despite the development spree, anti-Bangladesh and anti-Liberation elements were reactivating staying at home and abroad to thwart the country’s march forward.

“They are trying to mislead people with false, fabricated and imaginary information on social networking sites. They are also trying to make us misunderstood by our development partners in foreign countries,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina urged people remain alert against these elements and allow them not play ducks and drakes with fate of Bangladesh’s people.

The Prime Minister said the development journey could not be hampered anyhow as the Awami League is always with the people as it believes that the people are the sources of all power.

Corruption, communalism and militancy:

Sheikh Hasina visibly outlined the governance policy at the onset of the fourth year of her government announcing that it would take tougher stance particularly against the three menaces — corruption, communalism and militancy.

“We have taken a tougher stance against corruption. No corrupt elements irrespective of party affiliation and whatever powerful they might be are not or will be spared,” she said.

The premier said the Anti-Corruption Commission was working independently to lash out corrupt elements but added that a social campaign was simultaneously necessary to whip out “the disease”.

She said Bangladesh handled the militancy with an iron fist under an announced “zero tolerance” policy against the menace and simultaneously her government was committed to uphold the country’s tradition of interfaith harmony as a secular country.

“Followers of different religious faiths are living together maintaining mutual tolerance and will do the same in  future as well,” Sheikh Hasina said.

  Development Plan

  The Prime Minister said her party — Bangladesh Awami League — had
announced a manifesto titled “Bangladesh on the Path to Prosperity”
before the Eleventh Parliamentary Election in 2018, aiming to build a
hunger-poverty-illiteracy free non-communal Bangladesh through
establishing an efficient, service-oriented and accountable
administration and wiping out terrorism-militancy.

  Bangladesh will be an upper middle-income country by 2031 and a
high-income prosperous country by 2041, she said, referring to the
Eight Five Year Plan (2021-2015) which is being under implementation
involving with an estimated cost of Taka 64,95,980 crore.

  Sheikh Hasina added that generation of around 1,16,70,000 employment
has been targeted in this period while poverty rate will come down to
15.6 percent and extreme poverty rate to 7.4 percent after the
implementation of the Eighth Five Year Plan (EFYP). She continued that
in the last year 2025, the GDP growth rate will be 8.51 percent.

  In addition to the EFYP, implementation of the Prime Minister’s 10
initiatives will be continued that is expecting to help alleviating
poverty, the premier said .

    

  Mega Infrastructures

  Mentioning the Year 2022 will be a milestone for Bangladesh in terms
of infrastructure development, Sheikh Hasina said in a few months
later, in June, they are going to inaugurate the much-awaited Padma
Bridge, which has beeen completed  with own funds
overcoming many conspiracies and obstacles.

  She said the bridge, is expected to contribute 1.2 percent to GDP,
will connect the southern part of the country directly with other
regions, including the capital.

  Besides, by the end of this year, she said, they have planned to
launch the 14-km metro rail from Uttara to Agargaon. In this
connection, she said, train movement has already started
experimentally in this part and hoped that it will bring a
revolutionary change in the transport sector in the capital, Dhaka.

  In addition, she revealed that the country’s first tunnel will be
opened in Chattogram next October under the river Karnaphuli.

  The premier went on saying that work on other mega projects is also
going on in full swing and they are expecting the first unit of
Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant with a capacity of 1,200 MW, the largest
development project in the history of the country involving Taka
113,000 crore, would be commissioned by April next year.

   Power and Energy

   At present the daily power generation capacity has stood at 25,235
MW, revealed the premier, requesting the countrymen to recall their
memories regarding the power supply situation before the Awami League
government took over in 2009 as at that time the total power
generation capacity was 4200 MW.

  “We’ve fulfilled our promise in word to word,” she said, referring
to her commitment of providing electricity to 100 percent of the
people in “Mujib Barsho” and the Golden Jubilee of Independence.

  As part of the long-term plan, she said, a 1320-megawatt power plant
has already been set up in Payra while a total of 7,800 MW power
plants are being constructed at Rampal, Payra, Banshkhali, Maheshkhali
and Matarbari.

  Now, gas supply to the national grid has been raised to 2,525
million cubic feet from 1,744 million cubic feet in 2009, Sheikh
Hasina said, adding that liquefied gas is being imported from 2018 to
meet the continuing demand for gas.

  Sharing the good news with the countrymen at the beginning of the
New Year of getting gas hydrate in the Bay of Bengal, she said at
proximately 17 to 103 trillion cubic feet gas hydrate has been found
there.

  Self-sufficiency in Food

  Today, Bangladesh is self-sufficient in food production, Sheikh
Hasina said at present the production of granular food grains stands
at 4.55 crore metric tons.

  Making public that Bangladesh has stood in third position in the
world in rice, vegetable and onion production, she said this
revolution in agriculture has been achieved through continued policy
support and incentives.

   In addition, Bangladesh has also attained self-sufficiency in fish,
meat, eggs and vegetables, the premier said, adding that it ranks
second in terms of growth rate of fish production in inland open water
while ranks first among 11 Hilsa fish producing countries.

   Transportation and Communication

   The head of government said they’ve first integrated rural
development into the mainstream development process as the country’s
villages have always been out of development during the past
governments.

  She said Awami League in its 2018 election manifesto “My Village, My
City” pledge to expand modern urban amenities in every village.

  Now, paved (Paka) roads have been constructed in almost all the
villages across the country, she said and added that around 66,755 km
of road development and construction of 394,000 bridges and culverts
have been done along with construction and expansion of 1,767 Union
Parishad complex buildings, 1,025 cyclone centers and 326 Upazila
Complex buildings in rural areas from 2009 to 2021.

  Sheikh Hasina said during the period, around 458 km of national
highways have been upgraded to four or more lanes while work is
underway to upgrade another 887 km of highway to four lanes and above.

  She added construction of 46.73 km Elevated Expressway from airport
to Kutubkhali in Dhaka will be completed by 2023.

  At present, the premier continued, 37 projects are being implemented
involving Taka 13,371.45 crore with a view to turn Bangladesh Railway
into a modern and time-befitting public transport, while feasibility
work is underway to set up a circular railway line around Dhaka.

  Sheikh Hasina said from 2009 to 2021, over 451 km of new railways
track have been installed and 1,181 km of railways track have been
rehabilitated along with construction of 428 new railway bridges.

   She said the construction work of 4.8 km long Bangabandhu Railway
Bridge over the river Jamuna is progressing fast.

   Besides, they have incorporated 12 new state-of-the-arts Boeing and
Dreamliner aircraft in the fleet of state-own Bangladesh Biman
Airlines along with three Dash-8-400 aircraft, she added.

  Health Sector and Community Clinic

   Sheikh Hasina said tremendous positive changes have been made in
the health sector, both public and private, in Bangladesh, as health
services are being provided to the mass people including rural women
and children from 18,000 community clinics and union health centers
across the country.

   Along with that 30 types of medicines are given  free of cost,
she said, adding that as a result of the expansion and improvement of
the healthcare quality the average life expectancy has increased to
72.8 years in 2019-20.

   The premier added the age of under-five mortality rate has been
reduced to 28 per thousand while under-1 mortality rate to 15 per
thousand and maternal mortality rate has come down to 165 per lakh.

   Education Stipend and Allowance

   Sheikh Hasina said in the fiscal 2020-21 the government has
distributed stipend worth Taka 2,958 crore among around 2.30 crore
students from primary to higher levels.

  She added in 2021, around Taka 111 crore was distributed among
210,049 students in graduate and equivalent classes under the Prime
Minister’s Education Assistance Trust.

  Mentioning that 499 new Madrasas have been made MPO-listed in 2020,
the premier said 148,061 teachers and employees of 7,624 MPO-listed
Madrasas in the country are being given salary allowance of Taka 276
crore every month.

  Besides, a quarterly grant of Taka 3.15 crore is being given to
4,529 teachers of 1,519 Ebtedayi Madrasas and Daware Hadith level has
been given acknowledgement equivalent to Masters, she said.

  Moreover, 560 model mosques and Islamic cultural centers are being
built across the country, she added.

   Digitization and Internet

   Pointing out her government’s far-reaching initiatives to establish
“Digital Bangladesh”, Sheikh Hasina said digital technology has
emerged as a savior in this critical period.

   Internet connection has been provided in 18,434 government
institutions and 3,800 unions across the country through installation
of fiber optic cable, she said, adding that Bangladesh has entered the
era of 5G network last month as the ninth country in the world.

   During the coronavirus outbreak, she said internet users increased
to 11 crore as mass people have been able to continue their normal
life, taking the advantage of online business and transactions.

  The premier continued around 6 lakh of young people are earning
foreign currency alongside their own employment through freelancing
and that is why the government has taken measures to provide fund on
easy terms to the entrepreneurs of this sector.

  Apart from broadcasting programs of all the television channels of
the country, she said Bangladesh’s own satellite Bangabandhu-I is
providing internet service to 31 remote islands. In addition, several
banks and Army are receiving the services of Bangabandhu-I, she added.

  The premier said the government is taking all possible initiatives
to educate the huge number of young generation in technical education
and make them suitable for meeting the upcoming challenges of the
Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

  Housing and Rehabilitation

  In the “Mujib Borsha”, Sheikh Hasina said under Asrayan-2 project,
148,397 landless and homeless families have been allotted two decimal
of khas land along with constructed houses.

  Besides, some 4,448 flats are being constructed in 139 5-storey
buildings at Khurushkul in Cox’s Bazar, she said, adding that these
flats will be distributed among the climate refugees and already 19
buildings have been handed over to the allottees.

  On the other hand, some 10,000 flats are being constructed in Mirpur
for slum dwellers in Dhaka and flats have already been distributed to
300 families in the middle of last year, she added.

   The prime minister in her address also mentioned about different
allowances being provided by her government under social safety net
programmes such as elderly allowance, widow and husband abuse women
allowance, insolvent disability allowance, education stipend for
disabled students, tea workers, bede community, treatment of chronic
diseases for different people including third gender people etc.

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