Govt working to bring people back to normal life: PM
Published: 04:02 PM, 20 May 2021
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina; File photo
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the government is working to bring the people of the country back to a normal life who are living with various problems amid coronavirus pandemic.
The Prime Minister said this while handing over the 'Swadhinata Padak-2021' (Independence Award) to the meritorious people at Ganabhaban on Thursday.
The Prime Minister said the epidemic coronavirus has paralyzed the whole world. As a result, the normal life of the people is being disrupted. People are suffering from problems in almost every aspect of society. Even in such a situation, we are doing our job. We are working hard for the socio-economic development of the country to continue.
She said Bangladesh has now established itself as a developing country from a least developed country. We have received this recognition on the occasion of our 50th anniversary. We received this recognition as we celebrated the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. We want to move forward further.
The Prime Minister further said, "If those who fought for the call of the Father of the Nation did not show that courage on that day, would we have got freedom?" However, after August 15, 1975, many attempts have been made to thwart our liberation war. The name of the father of the nation was erased from history. Even from the songs of the liberation war, where Bangabandhu's name is mentioned, there is talk of our independence.
The Prime Minister said, "I do not know how an independent nation or a citizen of an independent country, who liberated the country by waging a war of liberation, can trample on the defeated forces again. I can't even imagine it. But today we can say that we are an independent nation, we have won the liberation war. So we will always keep our heads high in the world court, not to bow our heads to anyone, not to beg for mercy.
In recognition of the glorious and meritorious contribution at the national level, this time 9 eminent persons and one organization (Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council) were given 'Swadhinata Padak 2021'. The Prime Minister handed over the award to the relatives of those who received the posthumous Independence Medal.
The Prime Minister hoped that the generation from generation to generation would contribute to the country by seeing the medalists. She said the people of the country now know the exact history. No one can erase this history anymore.
Among the award recipients, AKM Bazlur Rahman, Shaheed Ahsanullah Master, Freedom Fighter Brigadier General Khurshid Uddin Ahmed, and Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu were given this award posthumously for their contributions to independence and the War of Liberation.
Besides, Dr Mrinmoy Guha Neogi received this highest state award for his contributions to science and technology while Mohadeb Saha for literature, Ataur Rahman and Gazi Mazharul Anwar for culture, and Professor Dr M Amjad Hossain for social works.
In addition, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council received an award in the research and training category.
Each award recipient received a gold medal, a certificate and a cheque of honorarium from the Prime Minister.
Since 1977, Bangladesh has honoured individuals and institutions with the award every year ahead of Independence Day on March 26.