Development must reach villages: Hasina

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says the government is implementing all development programmes to make sure the benefits reach villages across the country.

“We have planned it so development starts at the village level,” Hasina said during the inauguration of the 58th Bangladesh Engineers Institution Convention in Khulna’s Khalishpur on Saturday.

Development must reach villages: Hasina

“The government must work for the benefit of the people. We are public servants and we have borne that in mind when we design our programmes.”

The prime minister highlighted the government’s various development initiatives during the event.

“No other government has been able to implement so many development projects as the current Awami League government,” she said.

Hasina also said she was optimistic that the economy would soon hit the 7.4 percent growth target projected in the current budget.

The prime minister reminded the engineers of their role in the development of infrastructure.

“It is by your hand that our development projects are being implemented.”

Development must reach villages: Hasina

She also spoke of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s attempts to develop the country and his remarks regarding corruption.

“We must root out corruption from Bangladesh’s soil,” he had said. “Bangla’s farmers are not involved in corruption, the working people are not involved in corruption, it is the educated who are involved in corruption.”

Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said Bangladesh’s position has improved in the world corruption index as the government took various steps to eliminate corruption.

“After coming to power in 2009, the government tried to eliminate corruption from Bangladesh. Now Bangladesh got its recognition, Bangladesh advanced two steps in removing corruption,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina was speaking at the 58th Convention of the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) at Khalishpur here.

During the BNP-Jamaat regime, she said, Bangladesh was on top of the world corruption index for five consecutive years.

Development must
reach villages: Hasina

Hasina said the government has taken steps so that the rule of law could be established.
“We’ve taken proper steps so that people can get benefits of the rule of law,” she said.

The PM also said the government has taken various measurers against militancy, terrorism and drug abuse.

Recently, Transparency International in its corruption perceptions index said Bangladesh has progressed by two positions and ranked 143rd out of 180 in the ascending order on the list of the most corrupt countries in the world in 2017.  The country placed 17th on the descending list.

The Berlin-based organisation also revealed that Bangladesh scored 28 on scale of 0 to 100.

According to the data, Bangladesh ranked 15th, 13th, 14th, 16th, and 13th in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 respectively.

The Prime Minister urged the engineers to play more proactive role with their professional competence, honesty and sincerity to implement the development plans of the government. “The main responsibility of implementing the development activities of the government is entrusted upon you.”

Development must
reach villages: Hasina

She urged the engineers to devote themselves to the development of innovative strategies and technology to invent alternate energy, energy efficient technology and low-cost homes considering resource constraint.

Hasina also urged them to give importance to environment-friendly infrastructure and technologies used to minimise losses of earthquake and disasters to make the development works sustainable.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina assured of extending all support to the EIB saying the Awami League government always remained beside them.

She said Bangladesh is no longer lags behind in the areas of science and technology. “Bangladesh is now a role model of development with 7.28 percent growth last fiscal year.”

The Prime Minister also sought support of everybody to build Bangladesh as a country free from poverty and hunger.

She also distributed awards among engineers for their outstanding contributions to different areas, and also conferred degrees on successful students of vocational, masters and diploma engineering courses.

EIB President Kabir Ahmed Bhuiyan presided over the function while its General Secretary Abdus Sabur and its Khulna centre Chairman Abdullah Sadik and president of convention preparatory committee Moniruzzaman Polash, among others, spoke on the occasion.

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