People now get to know even the smallest problems because of the media freedom guaranteed by the govt, says the premierPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said that Bangladesh’s development forged ahead despite the Covid pandemic that affected the global economy and created food shortage in many developed countries.
“We’ve been able to continue the development trend of Bangladesh despite facing the corona,” she told a function arranged to hand out the Independence Awards for 2022 at Shapla Hall of the Prime Minister’s Office.
The prime minister said that the people now get to know even the small problems of the country because of the media freedom guaranteed by her government.
“We know that massive food shortage has been seen in many developed countries as well,” she said, adding that many people throughout the world went below the poverty margin.
She said these problems faced by many countries went unreported, while in Bangladesh the media could write about it.
The PM said there were only one television and one radio station in the country in the past before she opened the electronic media to the private sector.She said the people can now know about even small problems here due to information technology and a large number of television and radio stations. But many other countries are there who never publish such problems, she added.PM Hasina said Bangladesh has gained economic self-sufficiency. “Now we can implement our development projects with 90% finance from our own resources,” she added.She said the Awami League government has been working to reach the benefits of independence to the doorstep of every house in the country.
“We achieved Independence. Our goal is to reach its benefits to every house upholding this Independence. And we’ve been working with this goal,” she said.
The prime minister took pride in Bangladesh being graduated to a developing country during the celebration of the golden jubilee of independenceBangladesh has been able to continue the economic development momentum, attain GDP growth and increase per capita income amid the fallout of Covid-19 pandemic as her government has been working in planned ways, she said.
She also attributed the success to proper designing and execution of every project with specific goals.
“Since we could ensure food security alongside increasing per capita income, the lifestyle of the people has improved and their life expectancy has gone up,” she said.
Talking about her government’s success in electricity generation, she said today her government has been able to provide electricity to the cent per cent people in the country. “We’ve been able to illuminate every house,” she added.
In this context, she recalled that her 1996-2001 government had increased the power generation capacity to 4,300 MW from only 1500 MW. Unfortunately, the generation capacity came down to 3,200 MW again when AL was not in office, she added.
PM Hasina congratulated the recipients of the Independence Award 2022. “It is a great honour for me that I could hand over the Swadhinata Purashkar’ to you attending the function in person,” she said.
She stressed the need for also awarding the dignified people, who are working for the welfare of the people silently at grassroots without coming to the limelight.Earlier, the PM handed out Independence Award, Bangladesh’s highest civilian honours, to nine distinguished individuals and two organizations in recognition of outstanding contribution to their respective fields.
She handed over the prestigious award to the recipients or their family members, attending the function in person.
Ilias Ahmed Chowdhury (posthumous), Colonel Khandaker Nazmul Huda (posthumous), Mohammad Sahiudiin Biswas (posthumous), Sirazul Haque (posthumous), Siraj Uddin Ahmed and Abdul Jalil were honoured for their contributions to the Independence and the Liberation War.
Prof Dr Kanak Kanti Barua and Prof Dr Md Kamrul Islam were given the highest state award for their contributions to medicine, while Syed Mainul Hossain (posthumous) for his contribution to architecture.
The Power Division was given the Independence Award 2022 for successfully bringing 100% of the country under the electricity coverage by increasing the daily power generation capacity to 25,514 megawatts now.
Bangladesh Wheat and Maize Research Institute received the award for its contribution in research and training.
On behalf of the awardees, Dr Kanak expressed his feelings in the award giving ceremony.
Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam moderated the function and read out the citations with brief life sketch of the recipients.
Bangladesh has been honouring individuals and institutions with the award every year ahead of the Independence Day.