Stern action against corrupts, dishonests will continue: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has issued a

strong word of warning against the corrupt people, categorically saying that

the government's stern action against the corrupt and dishonest persons will


We've taken stringent action against terrorism, militancy, corruption and

drugs I want to tell one word clearly that if anybody earns money by

holding dishonest path and his/her irregularities, chaos or dishonest means

are found out, stern action will continue against those persons whoever they

might be, even if they're my party men she said.

The prime minister was addressing an expatriate civic reception accorded

to her by the US Awami League at Hotel Marriott Marquis here on Saturday


Sheikh Hasina said it becomes very difficult for the people and their

children to lead an honest life when the society is crippled by persons who

earned money through dishonest means.

She said those who want to lead an honest life have to move with some

limitations. But those who lead a lavish life through the money earned by

dishonest means always use this and that brands and create a chaotic

situation she said

The prime minister said living and livelihood of the people who want to

lead life honestly have become difficult in the dominance of the dishonest


She said a question is naturally arisen in the minds of the children of

the honest people that why their families cannot lead a luxurious life like

the children of dishonest people. Naturally this thinking pushes the people

towards a dishonest way she said.

Referring to irregularities in development schemes, Sheikh Hasina said the

government is undertaking massive uplift schemes. Bangladesh would have been

developed further if every single taka of the projects had been spent

properly she said.

Now I've to find out where are the loopholes and lapses while who is

affecting this place and how she said.

The prime minister said she asked for looking into another thing that

whose earnings are what and how they lead life. We've to find out it and

then we could protect our society and new generations by removing this menace

and unholy competition she said.

Sheikh Hasina said the drive against the narcotics will also continue as it

destroys a family and country. We'll track down those involved in the drug

peddling she said.

The prime minister said: We've increased the size of the budget seven

times. The size of the budget during the BNP Jamaat regime was Tk 61,000

core. But we've been able of placing Tk 5,23,190 crore budget this year.

Coming down hard on some people who are always critical of the government,

Sheikh Hasina said these people do not feel comfort when the development of

the country is made. They always lodge complaints to the foreigners against

the government and country out of jealousy she said.

About the BNP's debacle in the last general elections, the prime minister

said the BNP was not sincere in the election rather the party was engaged in

nomination trade.

Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, said the people of the

country kept confidence and trust in her party as they know the country will

be developed and their lot will be changed if Awami League remains in power.

She also posed a question that why the people will cast vote for BNP which

made the party chairman a convict?.

The prime minister said Khaleda Zia's one son was convicted for laundering

money, while her another son was detained while going to play casino in


Sheikh Hasina said the people's strength is the biggest strength and Awami

League believes in the people's strength. Awami League came to power with

the strength of the people she said.

Highlighting the country's tremendous development in different sectors, the

premier said the grassroots people are being mostly benefitted from this


About taking foreign loan, the prime minister said her government is taking

steps carefully so that the country is not affected due to taking this loan.

Pointing out her government's steps for the welfare of the expatriates,

Sheikh Hasina said her government gave permission of establishing three NRB


In this connection, she urged bank authorities to take initiatives so that

expatriates are attracted to invest in the country. We've also taken steps

so that expatriates can send money through legal channels she said.

The prime minister said the government has purchased 10 aircraft from

Boeing company. Discussion is underway to resume Dhaka New York flight and

we've already improved our airport security in this regard she said.

Referring to opening of embassies and consulate offices in different

places, Sheikh Hasina said a consulate office will be opened in Florida.

The premier said her government wants to present a better and beautiful

life to the people of Bangladesh by eliminating terrorism, militancy,

corruption and drugs which the Father of the Nation had dreamt.

Bangladesh will be prosperous and developed country in the world and

hunger and poverty free Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Bangabandhu she hoped.

Bangladesh's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen

delivered the welcome address, while Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen was

present on the dais.

At the outset of the speech, a minute's silence was observed as a mark of

profound respect to the martyrs of the language movement, liberation war,

Bangabandhu and other martyrs of the August 15 carnage and four national


Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)