Prime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the concluding ceremony of the 70th Foundation Training Course for BCS cadres at Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre, Savar from her official Gonobhaban residence, Dhaka on 15 October 2020
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the concluding ceremony of the 70th Foundation Training Course for BCS cadres at Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre, Savar from her official Gonobhaban residence, Dhaka on 15 October 2020PID

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday asked the administration for taking extensive measures alongside creating public awareness to stop rape incidents.

“We would have to take elaborate measures to stop the incidents of rape as nowadays it is being occurred hugely. The most important thing is to create awareness among the people to stop it,” she said.

The prime minister simultaneously asked the fresh civil administration officers to work towards meeting the aspirations of the people and thus driving Bangladesh towards prosperity so that the people can move around the world keeping their heads high.

She was addressing the concluding ceremony of the 70th Foundation Training Course at Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC) at Savar from her official Gonobhaban residence in the capital this morning.

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Officials and the participants got connected from BPATC and the offices of seven divisional commissioners.

The prime minister said her government has already promulgated an ordinance by making necessary amendments to the existing law to stop the heinous acts describing rape as one of the disease of the society.

No country can go ahead towards prosperity and no nation can reach its destination without having any philosophy or target. Keeping that in mind, we have given necessary plans before you to guide the country towards development
Sheikh HasinaSheikh Hasina

The prime minister, however, said her government has been working for ensuring justice for all aimed at eliminating the culture of impunity that was established since the assassination of Father of the Nation along with most of his family members on 15 August 1975.

Public administration ministry secretary Shaikh Yusuf Harun gave the welcome address at the function.

On behalf of the prime minister, BPATC rector Md Rakib Hossain handed over the awards and certificates among 663 participants, including 161 female officers, for successfully completed their training.

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Two of the admin officers, Mehedy Hasan Kawser and Munia Sirat, spoke on the occasion on behalf officers, who completed their six months training course.

Describing the people, particularly from the grassroots, as the owner of the country, the prime minister called upon the new officers to work for serving the people being imbued with the spirit of the Liberation War.

She added: “The new officers who have completed the training would have to bear in mind that the people, particularly the grassroots ones, are the owner of the country. You are coming out of their houses. So, your main responsibility will be serving the people.”

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In this context, the prime minister reminded the new officers a speech of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in which he described the people as the owner of the country as all, including the civil servants, use to live on their money.

She described the new officers as the future leaders to turn into reality the government’s vision of making Bangladesh a prosperous and developed country free from poverty and hunger by 2041.

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She further said that her government has been taking each of the plan including the 20-year long perspective plan 2021-2041 and Delta Plan-2100 keeping ahead the target of making Bangladesh a developed country by maintaining the country’ graduation to a developing country from the least development one.

“No country can go ahead towards prosperity and no nation can reach its destination without having any philosophy or target. Keeping that in mind, we have given necessary plans before you to guide the country towards development,” she added.

Sheikh Hasina said the government has given a huge hike in salary of the government officers alongside giving loans to them for building flats or houses and purchasing cars so that they can devote themselves in their work for the betterment of the country and its people

“Now, it is your duty to run the country in such a way that it never goes behind,” she told the new officers.

The PM stressed the need for proper training to build public officers as efficient to drive the country towards the right direction and said her government has taken a project to build a training academy to this end.

She hoped that the work of the training academy would be completed at the quickest possible time as it can provide public officer with the time-befitting training as the world is constantly changing.

“The government officers who will take training from the academy will establish an example in the world in terms of efficiency,” she said.

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Sheikh Hasina said the government has given a huge hike in salary of the government officers alongside giving loans to them for building flats or houses and purchasing cars so that they can devote themselves in their work for the betterment of the country and its people.

Following the footsteps of Bangabandhu, her government has been organising trainings and higher education abroad for government officers to make them skilled to serve the nation.

Turning to ensuring justice, the prime minister said that her government wanted to eliminate the culture of impunity from the country forever by making sure justice for all.

“People have the right to get justice. I know well the pain of getting no justice. I had no right to get justice following the killing of my father, mother and brothers on 15 August in 1975... I even was not allowed to file a case despite the assassination of my father, mother and brothers.”

Mentioning that an indemnity was given to the killers, she said that they have been able to hold the trials of the killers as they have assumed office.

She added,” We want the culture of impunity does not exist in the country. We want no injustice takes place in the country and we want to ensure justice for all.”

She spelled out the measures taken by her government, particularly in communication, power, education, medicare services, agriculture, commerce and industries for ensuring overall development of the country so none remains homeless, hungry and poor.

The prime minister asked all particularly the fresh officers to follow the health guideline to stay protected from the coronavirus as the world has been rattled by the disease.