Prime Minster Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged BGB men for upholding the goodwill and dignity of the force through their duties with utmost honesty and patriotism and to remain alert so that incident like the 2009 BDR mutiny does not recur in future.
"Now BGB turned into a dynamic and modern force with its sincere efforts and restored its dignity and reputation through hard labour. You must stay alert so that such suicidal incident like 2009 cannot take place in the future," she said.
Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League President, said this while addressing Parade in observance of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Day-2015 at its headquarters at Peelkhana.
Terming the mutiny and killings at Peelkhana on February 25 to 26 in 2009 as a black chapter in the history of the force, Sheikh Hasina said she had to face the heinous and unstable situation like BDR mutiny and killings soon after assuming office and tackled it with the united efforts of the BGB members.
Mentioning that the BGB is now fully free from its stigma following the trial of its unruly and misleading personnel involved in the mutiny, she asked the BGB personnel to discharge their duties with utmost honesty and patriotism and thus gain the confidence and trust of the people.
Hasina said the professionalism and role of BGB in various nation-building activities, including facing natural disasters, helping civil administration maintain law and order, are being praised by all.
The Prime Minister said BGB has a tradition of long 220 years and its members have showed bigger success in recent years in border areas with significant reduction in goods and drug smugglings, women and children trafficking and other border crimes.
The force is playing a
better role than in the past in any emergency period, natural disaster, nation building activities and in the aid of the civil administration, she added.
Border killings have come down with the strengthening of friendship between BGB with BSF in recent years, she noted.
Referring to the successful implementation of LBA with India, the Prime Minister said it is a diplomatic and political success of her government and this has also increased the responsibility in the border areas.
Earlier, the Prime Minister inspected the parade riding an open jeep and took salute at the Bir Uttam Anwar Hossain Parade Ground at the BGB Headquarters with Deputy Director General of BGB Akhter Hamid Khan as the parade commander.
She also distributed gallantry medals to some 56 BGB members for their bravery and outstanding contributions to various BGB activities, while Border Guard Bangladesh Medal (BGBM) medal to 10 of its members, President Border Guard Medal (PBGM) to 20 BGB members, Border Guard Bangladesh Medal Services (BGBMS) to 10 BGB personnel, President Border Guard Medal Services (PBGMS) to 20 BGB personnel.
Highlighting various steps of her government for modernizing BGB, she said the Border Security Bureau has been set up for strengthening the intelligence agency of the BGB, four new sectors and four regional intelligence bureau have been set up, some 13 battalions have already been raised and some 13 have been raised out of the newly approved 15 battalions while the remaining two battalions will be in place in the next fiscal year.
Hasina said some 100 female soldiers have been recruited for the BGB this year for the first time while work for creating Air Wing of BGB is going on in full swing to increase the operational capacity of the force.
Earlier, on her arrival at the venue, the Prime Minster was received by Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan and BGB Director General Maj Gen Aziz Ahmed.
Later, the Prime Minister formally inaugurated three newly-constructed 50-bed hospitals of BGB at Chuadanga, Thakurgaon and Khagrachhari. She also unveiled the logo of the "Simanta Bank." At that time Bangladesh Bank Governor handed over the "Letter of Intent" of Simanta Bank to the BGB Director General.
Later, the Prime Minster addressed a Darbar at the Bir Uttam Fazlur Rahman Khondoker Auditorium at the BGB headquarters.