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None can undo progress: PM

Published : 11 Nov 2022 09:58 PM | Updated : 12 Nov 2022 10:17 AM

Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on Friday called upon the leaders and activists of Jubo League to take the country forward for prosperity, being imbued with patriotism and dutifulness towards the country and its people.

“I urge the youth folk that it is their duty to march the country ahead towards development and prosperity… the people of the country are now getting hope afresh to live a beautiful and dignified life due to the massive development carried out by the Awami League government. To take the efforts forward further, the youths are the most important stakeholders and they can build the country,” she said.    

The premier was addressing a youth grand rally as the chief guest marking the 50th founding anniversary of the Awami Jubo League, the youth wing of the ruling AL, at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan here.

The venue turned into a human sea as the Jubo League leaders and activists turned up in thousands since morning with colourful festoons, placards, national and party flags, portraits and pictures of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni.  People were seen in thousands in the open places including the Ramna Park and roads surrounding the venue.    

 Referring to the remarks made by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman that he would build the war-ravaged country using its soil and population, the Prime Minister said, “It can be done if there is patriotism and dutifulness towards the country and its people and we have proved it.”

Taking part in person in the first formal rally since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, she asked the Jubo League leaders and activists to work in unison to materialize the dream of the Bangabandhu to build the country as a developed and prosperous one and thus give the people an improved and beautiful life being imbued with his (Bangabandhu’s) ideal.      

The Prime Minister reminded the Jubo League leaders and activists that Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman established the organisation one year after the Liberation, on November 11, 1972, to rebuild a war-ravaged country.  

Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, senior AL leaders and former Jubo League Chairmen, Amir Hossain Amu, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim and Advocate Jahangir Kabir Nanak, among others, spoke on the occasion.

Jubo League Chairman Sheikh Fazle Shams Parash presided over the grand rally while Jubo League General Secretary Mainul Hossain Khan Nikhil moderated it.

Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Barrister Fazle Noor Taposh, former Jubo League General Secretaries Mirza Azam and Harunur Rashid were present on the dais, among others.

Senior AL leaders, central, district and city Jubo League leaders and activists and eminent cultural personalities were present at the meeting.

 On her arrival at the venue, the Prime Minister was received with flowers by the Chairman and General Secretary of the Jubo League.

The Prime Minister inaugurated the golden jubilee anniversary grand rally of the Jubo League by releasing pigeons and balloons.  

She was later given a crest and two separate paintings of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and uttorio (stole).

The Prime Minister also unveiled the cover of a special publication and opened the formal logo and website of the Jubo League marking its 50th anniversary.

 A one-minute silence was observed in respect to the memory of the martyrs of August 15, 1975 and August 21 in 2004 alongside martyrs of all the democratic and progressive movements at the grand rally.

The anniversary programme started with a colourful cultural programme, where the party leaders and activists were seen waving small national and party flags.

Sheikh Hasina said the world might be suffering from famine and food crisis as the entire world has been rattled with the economic meltdown stemming from the Russia-Ukraine war, sanctions and counter sanctions.

 The Prime Minister asked the Jubo League men to go to their native villages and take measures to bring all the land, including fallow land, under cultivation so that Bangladesh never has to face any famine.

 She reminded all again not to leave a single inch of land uncultivated to reduce dependency on imports as the prices of goods have increased manifold across the globe due to the war.

The Prime Minister also asked the youths, particularly the Jubo League men, to work for building a corruption- militancy-and terrorism-free Bangladesh alongside preparing them as worthy citizens of the country with the knowledge of science and technology to compete the world.

 In this connection, she said her government has been working tirelessly to create numerous scopes for the youths as they are the main driving force for the country’s development.  

The premier said they are establishing 100 economic zones across the country mainly to generate employment for the youths and save the arable land stopping indiscriminate industrialisation, adding that they are also setting up high-tech parks and incubation centres to create scopes for the youths.

Describing briefly various measures taken by her government, the Prime Minister said her government has established Karmasangsthan Bank and Probashi Kallyan Bank and raised start up so the youths can be entrepreneurs after taking loans from those organisations and can provide jobs to others instead of running after jobs.

She said her government has opened various organisations including banks, insurances, mobile phones, television channels and radios in the private sector aimed at generating employments for the youths.