Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asked the new administration cadre officers to work for ensuring justice for all as she addressed certificate-giving and closing ceremony of the 119th and 120th Law and Administration Training Courses.
"Stand beside the people and ensure justice for them utilizing the knowledge acquired from the training," she said.
She joined virtually the program held at Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) Administration Academy in the capital, from her official Ganabhaban residence on Wednesday morning.
While addressing a group of young officers, she referred to culture of impunity prevailing in the country after assassination of Bangabandhu.
She reminded the new officers that, "We even had no right to file a case or demand trial after assassination of my father, mother and brothers in 1975 as the then illegal government gave the killers indemnity by enacting laws".
In this connection, she called herself "a victim of not getting justice" after assassination of her father, mother and brothers on August 15 in 1975.
The Prime Minister said Awami League later rescinded the indemnity law and held the trial of the killers after coming to power in 1996.
Mentioning that she became Prime Minister of Bangladesh following the footprint of her father (Bangabandhu), Sheikh Hasina said, "I never think myself a prime minister. I consider myself as a servant of people. My duty is to serve them."
She asked the new officers to go to the grassroots and work as servants of the people to ensure their welfare.
The Premier added: "In accordance with the article 21 (2) of the Constitution, the government employees are always bound to serve the people. So, you have to engage yourselves to serve the people as constitutional obligation."
"I want you (new officers) to work as servants of the people," she said.
She also asked the fresh officers to expedite uplift works for ensuring country's overall development as it turned into a hunger-and-poverty free country as envisioned by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Sheikh Hasina said that her government has established virtual courts during the Coronavirus pandemic period to keep continuing the court proceedings so that the people get uninterrupted services of the law.
State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain, Senior Secretary of the Ministry K M Ali Azam and Rector of the BCS Administration Academy Mominur Rashid Amin spoke at the function, from the academy.
On behalf of the Prime Minister, the State Minister for Public Administration later distributed certificates and crests among three officers securing first, second and third position in the merit lists in the 119th and 120th training courses.
A total of 78 BCS cadres including 55 male and 23 female took part in the two training courses. Of them, 50 officers got A+ while 28 others A.
Twenty of the trainees -- 11 male and nine female-- have received certificate of excellence award for their outstanding performance in the training courses.
Among the twenty officers, 10 each from the two courses, have got the award.
Shikrity Pramanik and Ummeh Salma Nazneen Trisha, who secured first positions in the merit lists and became rectors of the 119th and 120th training courses respectively, also spoke at the function on behalf of the trainees.
A video documentary on the BCS Administration Academy was also screened at the function.