PM unveils party manifesto to ‘march towards prosperity’
Published : 19 Dec 2018, 11:48:40
Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has floated her party manifesto for the upcoming December 30 elections pledging to keep the country on the track of prosperity.
“I’m giving you word. Taking lessons from the past we will devote ourselves to build a nice future for all and ensure inclusive development,” she said unveiling the manifesto at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel here.
The manifesto focuses on 33 sectors to be dealt with two strategic plans –the SDG and Delta Plan 2100 – to eradicate hunger and poverty, promote education and build a secular nation to fulfill the dreams of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and 1971 martyrs.
Sheikh Hasina announced the manifesto in presence of a cross section of people including civil society and professional figures, artistes, journalists business leaders, foreign diplomats and representatives of development partners.
The manifesto selected ‘Somridhir Agrojatrai Bangladesh” (Bangladesh in pursuit of Prosperity)’ as the slogan for her party ahead of the 11th parliamentary elections while Sheikh Hasina said the manifesto sought to continue the long-term action plans of her government .
She said the action plans were prepared in an implementable manner.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader, convenor of the manifesto preparing committee and party’s Presidium Member Dr Abdur Razzak also spoke
on the occasion.
Sheikh Hasina urged the countrymen to see the errors and lapses of her government with a lenient view and cast their votes in favour of Awami League in the coming election.
At the beginning, a video on Bangladesh’s progress during the Awami League’s two consecutive tenures since 2009 was displayed.
In the manifesto Sheikh Hasina highlighted the success of her government over the last ten years and focused on the future plan to be carried out in the areas of social, economic, political and cultural sectors to build a prosperous country.
Sheikh Hasina said her government would work for strengthening democracy, electoral process and the parliament as well as human rights commission, anti-corruption commission, mass media and judiciary.
At the beginning of her prime minister paid her rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, four national leaders, martyrs of independence and victims of August 15, 1975 carnage and August 21, 2004. She also remembered party’s founding leaders and others including former
Finance Minister Shah AMS Kibria who were the victims of the brutal killings by BNP-Jamaat alliance terrorists after 2001, heroes of democratic movements and victims of the violence and arson attacks carried out by BNP-Jamaat goons in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Sheikh Hasina said if voted to power again, the scope for effectively getting the shelter and assistance of law for each and every citizen would be ensured, upholding the independence of judiciary.
Along with ensuring universal human rights, any attempt to trample the human rights would be prevented.
Aimed at putting in place a skilled, service-oriented and accountable administration, the prime minister said work on building a modern, technology-based, skilled, corruption-free, mass-oriented administration will continue.
“The transparency, accountability, fairness in the civil administration will be ensured,” she said.
The prime minister reiterated her commitment to build a people friendly law enforcement agency saying their recruitment would be made in proportionate with the population.
Sheikh Hasina said if elected her government would continue to pursue the “zero tolerance” policy against militancy and drug while her party would undertake zero tolerance policy against corruption.
As part of a comprehensive anti-graft campaign, she said, the Anti-corruption Commission would be strengthened, public awareness programme will be taken and ICT will be used to check corruption.-BSS