CIRDAP honours PM for her contribution to rural dev –

Sunday, May 29, 2022
Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka | Published: 23:42, May 29,2022
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said that her government had been working in a planned way to ensure its main priority for the overall development of the country.
‘My party, Awami League, has prioritised the overall development of the country, especially rural areas, as the desired uplift is impossible to achieve by leaving the grassroots people behind,’ she said.
The prime minister made this remark while receiving ‘Azizul Haque Polli Unnayan Padak-2021 (Azizul Haque Rural Development Award-2021)’ at a ceremony at her official residence, Ganabhaban, in Dhaka.
Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific has honoured the prime minister with this prestigious award in recognition of her contribution to rural development.
CIRDAP director general Cherdsak Virapat handed over the award to the prime minister.
Sheikh Hasina said that it was the belief of her government that the country would achieve the desired development and prosperity, once rural development was ensured.
She said that the Awami League had drawn up necessary plans even when it was outside of the state power and that’s why, after coming to power, it had been able to take the country ahead through working as per its plan.
About ‘Amar Bari, Amar Khamar’ (My Home, My Farm) project, the head of the government said that her brain child project helped in creating employment opportunities for the unemployed poor people and thereby ensured their socio-economic development.
To this end, she mentioned the digital centre that started in a remote area named Char Kukri Mukri.
She added that the government is now implementing the programme ‘My Home, My Farm’ so that the people living in rural areas could stand on their own feet and create employment opportunities for others.
Sheikh Hasina also referred to the contribution of the community clinics to providing healthcare facilities to the doorsteps of the rural people.
She also highlighted various achievements of her government, including the establishment of digital Bangladesh, the setting up of at least one educational institution within two kilometres of a locality, and reaching health care services at the doorsteps of the people.
She continued, ‘To ensure education for all, the government is establishing one primary school every two kilometres so that children can go to the school on foot.’
Following in the footsteps of the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the prime minister said that her government had made education free of cost, and provided stipends, sub-stipends, and other support to the students.
She mentioned that the government had also ensured safe drinking water and standard sanitation facilities for the rural people, as well as other basic needs, including health care, education, and housing.
‘We are almost reaching cent per cent sanitation and pure drinking water to the people,’ she added, mentioning that cent per cent of children are now going to school.
To ensure the basic rights of people, Sheikh Hasina said that the poor and homeless people were being provided houses with ownership of land so they could find employment.
She said that her government was also giving various allowances to the poor and distressed people for maintaining their livelihoods.
The prime minister thanked the CIRDAP and its board of directors for honouring her with the ‘Azizul Haque Polli Unnayan Padak-2021’ and dedicated the award to the countrymen.
‘I think people of Bangladesh are the recipients of this award and I am dedicating this to them. I think nominating for this award means that Bangladesh is nominated for the award,’ she added.
The prime minister also said that CIRDAP is always working on rural development in their respective countries, adding, ‘Getting an award from there is just as highly honourable for me as well as for my country.’
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