Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin said that the contribution of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in conservation of nature and environment of the country is unforgettable. Immediately after independence, he took various effective steps to protect the nature and environment of the country besides reconstructing the war-torn country. In this regard, he took initiatives for tree plantation, coastal conservation afforestation, wildlife conservation, wetlands, rivers and other wetlands across the country. As a result, tree planting has become a social movement to protect the environment in Bangladesh. The minister said, Bangabandhu enacted the necessary laws to ensure a pollution-free environment and preserve the country's forests, wildlife and biodiversity.
The environment minister said these things while speaking as the chief guest at the discussion meeting and doa mahfil organized by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change at the Department of Forests on the occasion of 'National Mourning Day' on the 47th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Dr. Farhina Ahmed, Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change the chaired the occasion whereas Md. Moniruzzaman, Additional Secretary (Climate Change) were present among oth.
Additional Secretary and Director of Bangladesh National Herbarium Sanjay Kumar Bhowmik, Director General of Department of Environment Md. Abdul Hamid and Chief Conservator of Forests Md. Amir Hossain Chowdhury spoke on the occasion among others.
The Environment Minister said that the nation is united today under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to build a hunger and poverty free Sonar Bangla, the dream cherished by Bangabandhu. Even if some anti-independence oppose the development and progress of countries, they will not be able to succeed. He said, following the path of the Father of the Nation, the present government is working tirelessly to ensure a sustainable environment. The minister said that a visionary leader like Bangabandhu will not come again. Even if he is not among us, he has ideals, philosophy. Now it is the responsibility of all of us to bring smiles to the faces of the suffering people and fulfill their dreams. The minister called upon the government employees to work sincerely to improve the quality of life of the common people as per the instructions of the Father of the Nation.
After the discussion meeting, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, martyrs including Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnessa Mujib, who died on the night of August 15, 1975, were remembered with deep respect and prayed for the forgiveness of their souls.
Earlier, on behalf of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, the Minister paid tribute by placing a wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at 32 Dhanmondi at 9:30 am today.