No one can stop Bangladesh’s development journey: PM

Dhaka: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said no one can stop the development journey of Bangladesh anymore as her government started it braving many obstacles.

‘As we’ve started the development journey overcoming many obstacles, Inshallah no one can stop this journey anymore,’ she said while addressing the reception accorded to the gallantry award winner freedom fighters and their heirs, reports the UNB.

The Prime Minister accorded the reception to 101 freedom fighters and their successors at Army Multipurpose Complex of Dhaka Cantonment on the occasion of the Armed Forces Day 2018.

Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is marching towards development and her government’s goal is the continuation of this development trend. ‘Inshallah, we’ll be able to do so (to continue the trend).’

About the Charter of Change announced by Awami League in its 2008 electoral manifesto, she said, ‘You now consider how much change we could’ve brought. But, I claim that we’ve surely been able to change the days (the fate of the common people).’

The Prime Minister said now many countries in the world want to follow Bangladesh to mark development. ‘The whole world recognises Bangladesh as the role model of development,’ she added.

Hasina said her government brought down the poverty rate to 21 percent from 40 per cent in the last 10 years. The government still has a goal to reduce the poverty rate by five percent further.

She, however, said Bangladesh still needs to be developed much more.

Hasina said Bangladesh earned dignity in the world during her government in the last 10 years. At present, no one can neglect Bangladesh as a country of hunger, poverty, dearth, storm and cyclone, she added.

The Prime Minister said the golden jubilee of the country’s independence will be celebrated in 2021 making the country as hunger- poverty-free Sonar (golden) Bangladesh as dreamt by Father of the Nation. ‘None can suppress Bangladesh anymore,’ she added.