KISHOREGANJ, March 14, 2017 (BSS) - President M Abdul Hamid today expected the government plans to develop further the socio-economic scenario of backward and low lying haor region despite its complicated geographic features.
"Haor people by now witnessed massive development but the geographic features made the region largely unsuitable for mega (development) projects," he told a function at the end of his three-day visit to his home town.
But, he said the region was expected to witness further development in view of the government plan for balanced development of areas with different topographic features.
"Being an inhabitant of this area, I am familiar with your problems in haor. I did politics with your utmost support since the very beginning . . .
I have been trying to overcome your problems within my capacity," President Hamid said.
The president's comments came as addressed the silver jubilee celebrations of Rotary Degree College at Austogram in Kishoreganj.
The president, however, reminded everyone and particularly of the affluent people of the social obligation to work from their respective positions for the betterment of neighbourhood.
"Extend your helping hands to the under-privileged people," he said.
The President also urged the teachers in haor areas to give special attention for raising quality of education as "there is no alternative to the education for a sustainable development and modernization".
He regretted that many come to him seeking jobs, but they fail to pass in written tests during recruitment process.
Simultaneously, he said, students must make themselves efficient in creative and nation-building activities alongside pursuing their academic studies.
The president said flourishing democracy and political stability is a must for the development of a country as he appreciated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's stewardship in steering the country on the "highway of development".
"Bangladesh is now a role model globally due to its socio-economic development with increased per capita income and life expectancy and decline of poverty rate," he said.
He added: "Sustainable growth and equity-based society is not a dream anymore but a reality . . . Bangladesh continued over 6 percent of GDP growth in previous years by overcoming various adverse global situations."
President Hamid said democracy is flourished in a country through tolerance, mutual respect and strengthening of democratic institutions.
Recalling his political grooming since his student politics, Hamid said,"I was jailed several times, I took part in the 1970 election for the post of MNA (Member of National Assembly) as per directive of Bangabandhu.
"Since then I'm trying to do something good for you but I failed to do many things till date that gives me pain always," he said.
In an emotion chocked voice, the president paid rich tribute to the bosoms including a good number friend, many other near and dear ones, who left this world in the meantime.
Local MPs - Rejwan Ahammad Taufiq, Mohammad Suhrab Uddin and Mohammad Afzal Hossain - and principal of college Moztaba Arif Khan, among others,spoke on the occasion.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)