Govt plans to reduce coronavirus death toll: PM
Published: 04:50 PM, 9 July 2020 Updated: 04:58 PM, 9 July 2020
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina delivered concluding speech in the 8th session of the 11th Jatiya Sangsad on Thursday; Photo: PID
Leader of the House and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday has said that the government is moving ahead with an action plan to save the people and reduce the death rate caused by the coronavirus.
She said this in her concluding speech of the budget session of the Jatiya Sangsad on Thursday.
We were taking the country forward on the path of progress and prosperity, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, adding, “Unfortunately, the coronavirus has paralyzed everything. It is extremely painful and tragic. But we are trying to protect people as much as possible and reduce mortality.”
The people of the country are getting the benefits of the plans and steps we have taken. If the people of the country were more aware, if the hygiene rules were followed properly, more effective measures could have been taken to deal with coronavirus, she said.
We have given a budget of Tk 5.68 lakh crore. We have given a development budget of Tk 2,05,145 crore, said the Premier about the budget during the coronavirus situation in the country, mentioning, “Many have also raised the question of whether we will be able to achieve everything because of coronavirus. I don’t want to go into details about it in the budget speech. However, I will say that we are optimistic about the budget.”
There will be storms, disasters, diseases and mourning. But life cannot stop, it must continue. Life goes on. And with that in mind, we have given the budget keeping in mind that we can keep pace when the global economic situation gets better, she said. “If it is good, then we will be able to implement it completely. And if there is stagnation around the world, we will not be able to reach our goal. But our economy will continue. We are working towards that goal.”
Sheikh Hasina said this parliamentary session is going on in an unusual situation due to coronavirus all over the world. People are panicking and the wheels of the economy are off everywhere due to the virus. People’s independent life seems to have come to a standstill due to an invisible force. Such a situation has never been seen in the past. “In that situation, we have taken steps to protect the living standards of the people of the country. We have taken various steps to protect people from coronavirus, she added.
When Deputy Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Mohammad (GM) Quader highlighted various irregularities including corruption in the Regent Hospital, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said those who came to power with arms in the dark of night after 1975 have tarnished the image of the people of Bangladesh. Because, in order to usurp that power illegally, they have taught corruption to the people, taught black money, taught defaulters, they have corrupted this society. In that case, the characterlessness was absolutely from top to bottom. “No matter how hard you try, it is difficult to eradicate. Even then, the news that you are getting, who are doing these? It doesn’t matter which party they belong to, even if they from Awami League government – we caught them involved in such corruption and irregularities.”
“This is the misfortune,” Sheikh Hasina said, adding that there was corruption, irregularities before – that is how the state was running.
“But we are trying to deal with them after coming into power. Our efforts will continue. We must not accept these irregularities. We are taking action against whoever it is and will continue to do so,” the Prime Minister said.
Earlier, she said that many can criticize the budget by sitting at home. But how many people have to go to work in the field? “Those who are soldiers of Bangabandhu’s ideology only can do this. They just go to the field and work,” the Premier added.