Government Policy

Play strong role in fighting terrorism, militancy: PM

DHAKA, Dec 15, 2016 (BSS) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today directed the fresh officials of the administration to work with self confidence and play a strong role in stamping out terrorism and militancy from the country.

"You will have to play a strong role against terrorism and militancy and encourage the people in keeping them away from the twin demons," she said.

In this connection, Sheikh Hasina said the government is waging a social movement against terrorism and militancy by involving people of classes and professions including guardians, teachers, imams of mosques and students.

"So all will have to stay alert so that terrorism and militancy don't raise their head on the soil of Bangladesh. We want to build Bangladesh as a peaceful nation in South Asia-it's our goal," she added.

The premier was addressing the concluding function of the 98th and 99th law and administration courses of Bangladesh Civil Service Administration Academy at Shahbagh here this morning.

Public Administration Minister Syed Ashraful Islam addressed the function as the special guest, while State Minister for Public Administration Ismat Ara Sadique and Senior Secretary of the ministry Dr Mozammel Haque Khan also spoke on the occasion.

Rector of BCS Administration Academy Dr M Aslam Alam gave the welcome speech at the function.

The prime minister said a new disturbance in the name of terrorism and militancy has recently emerged in the country. "But we will have to keep Bangladesh free from this scourge at any cost as every person wants to live in peace," she said.

Sheikh Hasina said her government has already taken bold measures to clamp down on terrorism and militancy. "We are getting good results as the people of all classes and professions have been involved in it," she said.

The premier said Islam, the religion of peace, doesn't speak about killing of human beings. "Allah has taken the responsibility whether a human being remains alive or not ... it's not in the hands of human beings," she said.

Sheikh Hasina said the religious fanaticism is destroying the sanctity of Islam as well playing ducks and drakes with the life of the people.

She said the people will perform their respective religions and learn good things from the religions and it's the directives of Allah. "The human beings will have to abide by these directives in that way, not snatching the life of the people," she said.

The prime minister called upon the new officers of the administration to move with self confidence, saying that it increases mental strength and brings success at workplaces.

"I would like to tell the fresh officers to advance with self confidence. Bangladesh is our country which we liberated through liberation war . . . we are a victorious nation and we must have self confidence to develop the country by overcoming any situation," she said.

Sheikh Hasina said there would be adversity and obstruction in the journey "but you will have to have capability of crossing that hurdles and I want your that strength".

The prime minister said there was a challenge before the government to build Padma Bridge with own funding but the country's image was brightened further as "the world now knows that Bangladesh could face any challenge and it has a capability of taking the country ahead".

The premier also directed fresh officers of the administration to work with the mentality of serving the people alongside innovating newer strategies and systems for rendering better services to the people.

Reminding Article 21(2) of the constitution, the prime minister said the government employees are servants of the people and they have a responsibility to strive at all time to serve the people.

Noting that the officials would have to face numerous challenges while working at the field-level, she hoped that the officials would play their due role in building hunger and poverty free 'Sonar Bangla' as dreamt by the Father of the Nation through discharging their duties with utmost patriotism, sincerity and integrity.

Sheikh Hasina said the fresh officials would have to groom themselves more efficiently in the rapidly changing world side by side maintaining transparency and accountability in the administration.

Sheikh Hasina said steps have been taken to bring the administration out of the traditional trend to ensure better services at an affordable cost as the aim of the government is to serve the people.

For the purpose, she said, innovation teams have been developed at the field and ministry levels to innovate new strategies of providing faster, low cost and hassle-free services to the people.

Referring to introduction of Public Administration Padak, Sheikh Hasina said the award is being given to infuse further dynamism into the activities of the civil servants of the republic through recognising their efficiency and innovative works.

In this connection, she mentioned that the government has given the Public Administration Padak -2015 to 30 individuals and Organizations in last July.

About promotion of the officers of the public administration, the prime minister said the government has so far given promotion of 120 officers as secretary, 985 officers as additional secretary and 1,857 officers as joint secretary while 1,916 officers have been promoted to the posts of deputy secretary since 2009.

"Promotion of such huge number of officers had not been given in the past by any government," she said.

For developing an efficient administration, the premier said, the government has given special priority to training as there is no alternative to it for building skilled human resources.

Sheikh Hasina said the government has attained desired successes in the millennium development goals (MDGs) while work is on to attain the sustainable development goals (SDGs) as ministry-wise work plan has been formulated to implement the SDGs.

In this connection, she directed the officials of field administration to work in a planned manner to implement SDGs as the government wants to set another example in the world by materialising the goals.

Earlier, the prime minister handed over the Rector's Award of 98th Law and Administrative Course to Mohammad Shohag Hawladar and the Rector's Award of the 99th Law and Administrative Course to Mohammad Nahidul Karim for their brilliant performance in their respective courses.

She also distributed certificates among 78 participants who successfully completed the two courses.

Rector Award recipients Mohammad Shohag Hawladar and Mohammad Nahidul Karim also spoke at the function expressing their feelings.

The prime ministers also opened a Muktijuddha Corner at the library of Bangladesh BCS Administration Academy.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)