SANGSAD BHABAN Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud today said the government wants to build a 'humanitarian state' by creating a new generation in coordination with the quality of humanity, values and patriotism.
We don't want to build a traditional developed nation following the west. But, we want to build a humanitarian state by creating a new generation with the humanity, values and patriotism, he said while taking part in the discussion on thanksgiving motion on the President's January 9 address to the House.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina not only thinks about the next elections, but also thinks about the next generation, Dr Hasan said, adding: So she wants not only to build a developed state, but also a developed nation. The Prime Minister introduced allowances for old-age people, widows and husband deserted women to this end .
He said Bangladesh is progressing at an unstoppable pace under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to materialize Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's dream of building a 'Sonar Bangla'.
Comparing to the development of Bangladesh in different indexes with Pakistan and India, the information minister said Bangladesh has left behind Pakistan in all indexes and neighboring India in two indexes Human Index and Social Index.
Daughter of Bangabandhu Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's success is here that she has taken Bangladesh to such a height as Pakistanis are feeling sorry as they are lagging behind in terms of development in comparison to Bangladesh.
If there would have no politics of confrontation and politics of denial in Bangladesh, The country would have forwarded further in the last 11 years resulting the GDP growth rate to 10 percent, he said, adding but due to the negative politics of opposition BNP and its alliances, the country could not attain the desired progress.
Terming the two Dhaka city corporation polls held on Saturday as an excellent election as it was free from any violence, occupying centers and loss of life, the information minister said the voter turnout rate in the United States (US) is 24 to 30 percent as 60 percent of the total people eligible to vote get registered as voters and 40 percent voters exercise their franchise in polls.
Noting that the voter turnout in the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) was 29 percent and in the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) 25 percent, Dr Hasan said the voter turnout, however, would have more in the Dhaka city polls, but BNP's negative publicity on Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) discouraged voters in the election.
Awami League lawmakers Social Welfare Minister Nuruzzaman Ahmed, Shajahan Khan, Shaimum Sarwar Kamal, Shabnam Jahan, Monira Sultana, Md Akhteruzzaman, AKM Rahmatullah, Dr Hasan Mahmud, Aparajita Haque, Md Hafiz Ruhul Amin Madani, Whip Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Swapan, Naheed Ezaher Khan, Manoranjan Shil Gopal and Tamanna Nesrat Bubly, Bangladesh Workers Party lawmaker Mustafa Lutfullah and Jatiya Party lawmaker Kazi Firoz Rashid took part in the discussion with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.
Taking part in the discussion Social Welfare Minister Nuruzzaman Ahmed said the President in his long speech projected the massive development took place in all sectors across the country under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The President also emphasized on continuation of the ongoing development spree across the country, he said, adding, I appreciate the President for his address to the House .
Noting that Bangladesh is moving at an irresistible pace under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the social welfare minister said, there is no alternative to Sheikh Hasina in fulfilling the rights of the country's people.
About the celebration of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Nuruzzaman said Bangabandhu deserves to get the recognition as one of the best politicians of the world.
We are thankful to almighty Allah as we have got the chance to celebrate the birth centenary of the great-man (Bangabandhu), he added.
The lawmakers thanked the President for his time-worthy speech, saying that President Abdul Hamid in his 163-page speech has projected the government's success in all sectors in the last 11 years under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and outlined the government's future plans for transforming the country into a developed and prosperous one by 2041.
Highlighting the President's speech on the celebration of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the lawmakers said celebration of Bangabandhu's birth centenary will remain as a milestone in the country's history.
The lawmakers congratulated the newly elected mayors of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh and Md Atiqul Islam respectively on their victory.
Earlier, the lawmakers paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for his sacrifice and contribution to establish an independent Bangladesh.
They also paid rich tributes to the national four leaders and martyrs of 1975 carnage.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)