Prime minister Sheikh Hasina
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina File photo

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said she has been working untiringly for the betterment of the neglected and disadvantaged people giving priority to humanity in persuasion of Bangabandhu’s ideals.

“Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman always used to prioritise humanity on top and his affection to the people was unlimited. What I’m doing now is a reflection to the ideology of Father of the Nation,” she said.

The prime minister made the remarks when a four-member delegation of the Christian community, led by Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Bangladesh (CBCB) president Patrick D’ Rozario, called on her at her official Gonobhaban residence in the capital this morning.

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PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed newspersons after the meeting.

Spelling out various steps of her government for the wellbeing of the underprivileged section of society, Sheikh Hasina said after forming government in 1996, she rehabilitated the leprosy patients by providing them with houses.

She also mentioned that she has been rehabilitating Bede (gypsy) and Hijra (transgender) people as they remain neglected in society.

The prime minister called upon the affluent section of society to stand beside the neglected and disadvantaged people.

The press secretary said the delegation members highly appreciated prime minister’s leadership in combating coronavirus (COVID-19) and saving vulnerable people during this situation.

They told the prime minister that the Christian community will always stay beside her during any situation.

The delegation members also said Pope Francis highly praises and values the prime minister’s generosity in giving shelter to over 1.1 million forcibly displaced Rohingya people in Bangladesh.

Giving them shelter in Bangladesh and saving their lives is a huge humanitarian work done by the prime minister, they added.

The delegation members informed the prime minister that they have taken different programmes on the occasion of ‘Mujib Borsho’.

As part of it, they said, they will plant a total of 700,000 trees, of which plantations of 350,000 have already been done.

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They also said that they have paid tributes to Father of the Nation by visiting Tungipara.

The prime minister extended thanks to them for undertaking different programmes on the occasion of ‘Mujib Borsho’, the press secretary said.

Newly appointed Arch Bishop of Dhaka Bejoy D’Cruze and Dean of Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of the Vatican to Bangladesh George Kocherry were in the delegation.

PM’s security affairs adviser retired major general Tarique Ahmed Siddique and PMO secretary Md. Tofazzel Hossain Miah were present on the occasion.