No slackening in efforts to change people’s fates amid Covid-19, PM says


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday called on government officials to ensure everyone, especially people in their homes, wear masks and follow other health guidelines, while continuing their efforts to change people’s plight. despite the fact that the coronavirus is shaking the world.

“We don’t have to do anything alone because it (the coronavirus) is a global problem. Despite this, we are trying to control its spread and protect the population. We must work for the people by turning the wheels of socio-economic progress by ensuring that efforts to change the destiny of the people do not stop anyway, ”she said.

The Prime Minister said this while virtually addressing a function on the occasion of the signing of the annual performance agreement of various ministries and departments for the fiscal year 2021-2022 and the distribution of the performance awards and of integrity, from his official residence in Ganabhaban.

The Cabinet division organized the function at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital.

The Prime Minister reiterated his appeal to the population to maintain health protocols in order to control the spread of the deadly virus.

“I know, people like to go to houses in their village (to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha with their loved ones),” she said and asked government officials to make sure people , especially house enthusiasts, use masks by sensitizing them to the virus.

The prime minister said his government had taken the necessary steps to ensure that no one was left out of immunization.

“We have started the (mass) vaccination. Other vaccines are coming. We will buy the amount of vaccine needed to immunize all people, ”she added.

Describing government officials as the main driving force for continuing the country’s development frenzy, Sheikh Hasina said, “You are the ones who are helping to turn the wheels of the economy and accelerate the development of the country.”

The Prime Minister thanked all government officials for their courageous role in the fight against the Covid attack, saying the situation in the country could have worsened during the pandemic if they had not performed their duties accordingly.

Sheikh Hasina said his government was able to turn the country into a developing nation as it was in power for the third consecutive term after the 2008 national elections.

But, she said the coronavirus was becoming an obstacle to Bangladesh’s advancement, saying, “The coronavirus has plunged the whole world into crisis. Such a crisis has never been seen before. We have clarified the work plan. to overcome the crisis.

She said her government announced 28 stimulus packages involving Tk 1,31,641 crore to continue managing life and livelihoods amid the pandemic.

The prime minister said his government has given the highest priority to the socio-economic improvement of the population.

Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh would certainly move forward towards development following the spirit of the liberation war as envisioned by the country’s founding president, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, overcoming all obstacles including the Covid pandemic.

The Prime Minister said that the government introduced the ABS method during the 2014-2015 fiscal year for the public sector to ensure institutional transparency, accountability, good use of resources and, above all, the ‘improvement of institutional efficiency.

It is for the 8th time that such an agreement has been signed between the cabinet secretary on behalf of the Prime Minister and the secretaries of the ministers concerned.

On behalf of the Prime Minister, the Minister of Liberation War Affairs AKM Mozammel Haque then distributed badges and certificates to the top 10 ministries and divisions in fiscal year 2019-2020 for the performance and integrity of the ‘APA among the three main ministries after receipt of the APAs signed for the fiscal year. 2021-2022.

State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain, MP, spoke at the ceremony while Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam delivered the welcoming speech.

Senior Secretary of Finance Division Abdur Rouf Talukder was awarded the Integrity Award for FY2020-21 and spoke on the occasion while Senior Secretary of Information Technology Division and communication NM Zeaul Alam expressed his feelings as the ICT division got the first position in the performance of the APA.

A video documentary on the performance of the APA and its contribution to the overall development of the country was also screened.

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