CIRDAP rewards PM with the rural development prize

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May 30, 2022 4:56:11 p.m.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Sunday that her government was developing the country in a planned way from the bottom up.

“My party, the Awami League, has given priority to the development of the rural areas of the country because the desired development is not possible by leaving the grassroots people behind,” she said.

The Prime Minister made the statement while receiving the “Azizul Haque Polli Unnayan Padak-2021” (Azizul Haque Rural Development Award-2021) from CIRDAP Director General Dr. Cherdsak Virapat at a ceremony in Ganabhaban, reports the UNB.

The Bangladesh-based Center for Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) honored the Prime Minister with the award in recognition of her contribution to rural development.

Hasina said the country will achieve the desired development and prosperity once rural development is ensured.

She said that the Awami League undertook the necessary plan even when it was outside the power of the state and that is why after coming to power, it was able to move the country forward by working according to its plan.

Highlighting the “Amar Bari Amar Khamar” (My House, My Farm) project, the Prime Minister said that his project has helped create employment opportunities for the unemployed poor and thus ensured their socio-economic development.

She mentioned the digital center which was in a remote area named Char Kukri Mukri.

She also said that her government is currently implementing the My Home, My Farm program to ensure that rural people can stand on their feet and create employment opportunities for others.

She mentioned community clinics to provide health care facilities at the doorsteps of rural populations.

She also referred to various achievements of her government, including the creation of digital Bangladesh, the establishment of at least one educational institution within two kilometers of a locality and access to health services at the doorstep of the population. .

“To ensure education for all, the government is creating a primary school every two kilometers so that children can walk to school on their feet,” she said.

The Prime Minister said that, following in the footsteps of the Father of the Nation, his government has made education free for all citizens and has provided grants and sub-stipends to students as well as other forms of support for them .

She mentioned that the government has also ensured clean water and standard sanitation facilities for rural people along with other basic needs including health care, education and housing.

“We are achieving almost one hundred percent sanitation and pure drinking water.”

Hasina said the homeless poor are given houses and they can get jobs, while the government has given various allowances to the distressed poor to maintain their livelihoods.

The Prime Minister thanked CIRDAP and its Board of Directors for awarding her the prize which she dedicated to the people of Bangladesh.

“I think the people of Bangladesh are the recipients of this award and I dedicate it to them,” she said.

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