Serve distressed humanity, PM urges rich people
She hands over RP Saha gold medals to 4 personalities, opens 31 dev projects
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday made a call to the rich people to serve the distressed humanity following the footsteps of philanthropist businessman Ranada Prasad Shaha. She came up with the call while addressing the 'Danveer Ranada Prasad Shaha Smarak Gold Medal' awarding ceremony at the green lawn of Kumudini Complex at Mirzapore in Tangail.
The programme was organised to mark the 86th founding anniversary of Kumudini Welfare Trust. She handed over awards to four eminent personalities - legendary politician and erstwhile Pakistan's Prime Minister Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy (posthumous), National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam (posthumous), language movement veteran National Professor Rafiqul Islam and eminent painter Sahabuddin Ahmed.
On behalf of Suhrawardy, Sheikh Rehana, younger daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman received the gold medal from the Prime Minister while Poet Kazi Nazrul's granddaughter Khilkhil Kazi received the medal on behalf of the National Poet.
In the programme, Sheikh Hasina said if the rich people follow the footsteps of philanthropist businessman Ranada Prasad Shaha (RP Shaha) ordinary people would not have any sufferings.
RP Shaha founded educational institutes like Bharateswari Homes, Kumudini College and Debendra College.
R P Shaha and his only son were abducted by the Pakistan Army and their collaborators from Narayanganj on May 7 in 1971 and they never returned.
The function was chaired by Kumudini Welfare Trust Chairman and Managing Director Razib Prasad Shaha and addressed by its Director (education) and 1952 language veteran Protiva Mutsuddi and another Director Srimoti Shaha
Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni, State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Murad Hasan, parliament member Ekabbar Hossain,other lawmakers and secretaries to the Prime Minister and other dignitaries were present in the programme.
Earlier on the day, the Prime Minister opened 14 development projects and laid the foundation stones of 17 other schemes by unveiling their plaques from Kumudini Complex.
She also laid the foundation stones of Bharateswari Homes Multipurpose Hall and the Institute of Post Graduate Nursing Complex on Kumudini Complex. The Prime Minister later visited Kumudini Hospital.
Fourteen development projects inaugurated by the Prime Minister are Dherua Railway Overpass, 33/11 KV Switching Station, Grid Sub-Station Boilya, Rabna Bypass, Tangail, 33/11 KV 20 MVA Indoor Sub-Station, Indraboleta, Porabari in Tangail, 100 percent electrification in Basail, Delduar and Nagarpur upazilas, expansion of administrative building and hall room of Shakhipur Upazila Complex, Kalihati-Soyarhat Hatiya Road, extension of Upazila Complex Building in Mirzapore, Bangabandhu VIP Auditorium at Tangail Press Club, Upazila Muktijoddha Complex in Mirzapore and Upazila Livestock Development Centre in Mirzapore.
She also laid the foundation stones of the widening project (Tangail part) of Elenga-Jamalpur National Highway (N-4), reconstruction of 10 damaged bridges and a culvert on Elenga-Bhuapur-Chargabsara Road, Regional Highway
Development Project, upgradation work of Tangail-Delduar Highway, Karatia-Basail Road and Pakulla-Delduar-Elason Road, expansion of Administrative Building and Hall Room of Kalihati Upazila Complex, Karatiapara Govt Primary School, Basail, Baten Bahini Muktijuddha Jadughar, Delduar, Rasulpur Land Office in Ghatail, Lokrepara Land Office in Ghatail, Delduar Fire Service and Civil Defence Office, model mosques in Tangail Sadar, and Basail upazilas, Sakhipur Upazila Land Office, Madhupur Upazila Land Office and Mirzapore Upazila Land Office and newly constructed building of Tangail Circuit House.
In the award giving ceremony, Sheikh Hasina said she was emotionally touched with the memory of RP Shaha's family, saying, "Bijoya aunty (eldest daughter of RP Shaha) came to our house with cooked foods after assassination of the Father of the Nation and most of his family members on August 15 in 1975." She also recalled her visit to the old Dhaka's Sadarghat residence of RP Shaha.
Remembering the killings of RP Shaha and his son Bhabani Prasad Shaha, the Prime Minister said she knew the agony of losing near and dear ones, as she lost most of her family members including father, mother and brothers (except herself and her sister Sheikh Hasina) on August 15 in 1975.
Sheikh Hasina said "I will be the happiest person at that moment when I will be able to complete the unfinished tasks of my father by building a 'Sonar Bangladesh' as dreamt by him."