Staff Correspondent
With paying homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Dhanmondi in the city, and tributes to the Liberation War martyrs at the National Memorial at Savar, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina-led Awami League government on Tuesday began its journey for a third consecutive term.
Her (Sheikh Hasina) government also ran the country between 1996 and 2006. It does mean this is her fourth term in office heading for a record 20 years as the prime minister of Bangladesh.
After paying homage and tributes, the ministers, state ministers and deputy ministers started coming to the secretariat and assuming their respective offices on Tuesday afternoon. Government high-ups and employees at the respective ministries welcomed and greeted the new cabinet members presenting floral bouquets. The cabinet members also interacted with the officials and staff of their respective ministries and talked to them. On the first day of office, all the cabinet members pledged to work with sincerity, honesty and dedication for the betterment of the country and its people.
As Bangladesh has entered a golden chapter of development through landslide victory in the 11th parliamentary election held on December 30 in 2018, the country will be built as a dignified country within the next five years under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the new cabinet members expressed hope.
They also added the newly-formed cabinet will play a vibrant role in accelerating the ongoing progress of development. Bangladesh will witness a new feat of development to build the country as “Sonar Bangla” as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” they believe.
On the other hand, as Sheikh Hasina became the country’s Prime Minister, expectations have also started running sky-high among people that she will keep her word and continue the development works.
The expectation of the people and the country is all up to her. Everybody believes that only she (Sheikh Hasina) can take the country forward.
As hopes and expectations flood the mind of most people, the country braces for what promises to be the next eventful five-year tenure of the AL government.
The AL government began work to formulate plans and action programmes to transform Bangladesh into a developed country during a set timeframe from 2021 to 2041.
Sheikh Hasina, also AL President has started to devise the plan how she wants to develop Bangladesh and how she wants to look at Bangladesh from 2021 to 2041.
The implementation of various short, mid and long term development plans kept Bangladesh on a process of rapid advancement earning the country’s eligibility to become a developing country.
Bangladesh achieved its development targets required for next six years to keep its status as a developing country and “she is engaged in devising our plans to become a developed country by 2041”.
The country would be a developed and prosperous country by 2041 and Sheikh Hasina-led government is taking all steps and plans to materialise the vision.
On the other hand, Sheikh Hasina continued urging everybody to remain careful so that the war criminals, killers and forces having no faith in country’s development could never come to power and nothing could dislodge Bangladesh from its ongoing development process.
Among the fresh cabinet members who assumed office on the first working day on Tuesday, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud sought cooperation from mass media for making the country prosperous.
“Our vision is to make the country a developed and prosperous one. And we’ll implement it with the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. For that, we want mass media’s cooperation,” said the new minister after taking office.
After assuming office for the second consecutive term, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said, the Prime Minister wants to run the country in a transparent manner.
“She (Sheikh Hasina) has brought changes in everything to this end,” he told journalists on the first day at his Secretariat office.
Law Minister Anisul Huq said, the government has a plan to constitute a commission to find out who were behind the killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members on August 15, 1975.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said, all out measures will be taken to free the country from the menace of militancy.
“My other assignment is a big challenge for me. I will definitely give my best possible efforts to root out militancy from the country in line with the government’s ‘zero tolerance policy’ towards the menace,” he said while talking to reporters at his office secretariat after assuming office for the second consecutive term.
Tipu Munshi, new commerce minister, talking to journalists on Tuesday said, as he is a fresh cabinet member, he wants do everything good for commerce as per Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s directives.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs, M Shahriar Alam after assuming office on Tuesday said, the government will continue efforts to bring back convicted BNP leader Tarique Rahman as it believes in rule of law.
“We also gave importance to economic diplomacy and other core areas,” he said.
On Monday Sheikh Hasina formed the government for the third consecutive term as she took oath as the prime minister for a fourth term with a 47-member council of ministers. The new council of ministers — include 24 ministers, and 19 state ministers.