Take action against bribe givers as well as takers: PM
Published : Monday, 19 August, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 1415
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday asked her office to strengthen monitoring of ministries so that they can prioritise uplift schemes by holding meetings right now and start the project works immediately after recession of flood water.
She came up with the directives while exchanging Eid greetings with PMO officials at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
The Prime Minister said the country witnesses flood every year right after the national budget is placed. "So, paper works on the development projects can be completed during the period of flood."
"You'll have to finish paper work and plans first and then focus on starting physical work immediately after the flood water recedes this season," she said.
PM's advisers HT Imam HT Imam, Dr Moshiur Rahman and Dr Towfik-e-Elahi Chowdhury, Chief Coordinator on the SDG Affairs at the PMO Md Abul Kalam Azad, PMO Secretray Sajjadul Hassan, and her Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim and speech writer Nazrul Islam, among others, were present at the function, while PM's Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman moderated it.
Sheikh Hasina said her government has made spending of budget money much easy. "There is now no hurdle like the past … you can do work if you want," she said.
The Prime Minister said there is a good set up of officials in the PMO. "So they'll have to increase overseeing the work of the ministries so that the work is accomplished properly," she said.
The Prime Minister urged all to work more sincerely to keep up the country's achievements. "The country's GDP growth increased to 8.1 per cent. However, the speed of GDP
growth becomes slow after the level and it's a rule of the economy," she said.
She continued, "So we'll have to give more attention and put more labour … we'll have to remain alert so that we don't go backward."
The Prime Minister stressed the need for revival of some pro-people programmes like 'Ghore Fera Project', Shanti Nibash Project' and 'Oboshor Project' which were introduced during her previous governments.
"We had taken these schemes for the welfare of the people. But their tenure has expired. So we'll have to re-launch the projects in the interest of the people," she said.
While talking about her government's steps for curbing corruption, the Prime Minister said those who take and give bribe are equally guilty.
"We could accomplish many works fast, if steps are taken keeping it in mind," she said.
Pointing out that the Anti-Corruption Commission is active, Sheikh Hasina put emphasis on focusing the issue of paying tax as per income.
"It's necessary to take account of who pays what amount of tax and who spends what amount of money," she said.
The Prime Minister emphasised on keeping houses, offices and its surrounding areas neat and cleans to effectively fight the dengue menace.
"We should be more careful about cleanliness of our surroundings to combat dengue menace as it is not only our problem, but also for other countries," she said.
Sheikh Hasina said dengue has turned into an epidemic in the Philippines forcing it to declare emergency.
In this context, she also said, "We should do our own duties without depending on anyone as we have the mentality of following the western world in case of many things. But, we are not habituated to follow them regarding cleanliness."
The Prime Minister asked people particularly, the dengue patients, to follow all advises of the physicians such as taking liquid frequently and sleeping under mosquito nets.
Without mentioning the name of Pakistan, she said, "We are now well ahead of that country against which we won (during the Liberation War in 1971) in terms of economic, social and political aspects that I have wanted."
The Prime Minister said that the defeated forces of the Liberation War don't want Bangladesh would stand with its head high in the global arena as an independent country as they wanted to run the country in line with the Pakistani ideals.
Describing the assassination of the Father of the Nation along with most of his family members as an attack on the independence rather on a family, she said, "It was primarily assumed that the attack was aimed at a family, but later it was clear that the heinous assault was against the spirit of the Liberation War by the defeated forces of the great war."
"We are now relentlessly working to build a poverty free country in line with the footsteps of Bangabandhu to achieve 8.2 per cent GDP growth in this fiscal and double digit GDP growth in the future," she said.
Sheikh Hasina urged all concerned to make further efforts to achieve the double digit GDP growth.
Stressing the need for knowing the diversity of nature, Sheikh Hasina said, "It is true that flood brings immense sufferings for us but on the other side it is also a blessing … But we'll have to turn the sufferings into a resource and take every step and plan in this regard."
She said the government has been able to bring down the poverty rate to 21 per cent. "We want to cut the rate further and our aim is to reduce it by at least one percent from that country which opposed our independence saying that the country will be turned into a bottomless basket after independence," she said.
The Prime Minister said that country may be a developed one. "But we've to prove that we can and in this regard, this office (PMO) has a big role," she said.
Extending heartfelt greetings to the PMO officials and employees on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, Sheikh Hasina appreciated the efforts of the law enforcers for peaceful celebration of the Eid.