Desk Report: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged all to work in unison to reach the benefits of the hard-earned independence to every home being imbued with the spirit of the Liberation War and ideals of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh MujiburRahman.
She also called upon all for making collective efforts to realise international recognition of the massacre during the Liberation War in 1971 as genocide.
“Today is the March 25, the day when Pakistani occupation forces launched genocide on unarmed Bangalees and killed millions of people in 1971. We would have to make stride to achieve international recognition of the genocide during the Liberation War of 1971,” she added.
The Premier said this while addressing at an independence award-giving ceremony in Bangabandhu International Conference Center on Monday.
The government has already taken some initiatives to this respect, she mentioned.
“Whenever, we come to power, we try to develop the socio-economic sector of the country at the quickest possible time to make Bangladesh a developed one free from hunger and poverty as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” she also said.
Today’s development in Bangladesh with graduation to a middle income country from least development one becomes possible for Awami League government’s relentless efforts of the last decade, she said, adding “We are going to achieve 8 percent GDP (gross domestic product) this year and now the per capita income is $ 1909 which was $ 1751 earlier."
Highlighting different initiatives taken by Bangabandhu during his tenure at various sectors including education, economic and social development, she said seven percent growth was achieved in 1975 before assassination of Father of the Nation along with most of his family members.
Bangabandhu got only three and half a year after achieving the independence in 1971, but rebuilt the war-ravaged country and gave it a shape in such a short period, she said, adding that if Bangabandhu was alive, the country could have been developed between five to 10 years after the independence.
But, the anti-liberation forces and their international cliques had assassinated Father of the Nation as a part of their conspiracy as they had realised that Bangladesh would soon achieve economic emancipation under his visionary leadership, she mentioned.
The economic development was stopped with Bangabandhu’s assassination on August 15 in 1975, she said.
“We assumed power after 21 years and started building Bangladesh as a developed country following Bangabandhu’s footsteps and ideals,” she said. _BSS
risingbd/Dhaka/March 25, 2019/AKA