NGOs role significant in making dev programme successful

Published : 02 Dec 2022 07:39 PM

Development activists and social workers at a discussion termed the role of Non-Governmental Organisa­tions (NGOs) as very significant towards successful implementation of the uplift programmes.

They mentioned that the present government under the prudent and farsighted leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been implementing various need-based programmes for improving living and livelihood conditions of the grassroots population particularly for the low-income and marginalised ones.

To this end, the NGOs should supplement the government endeavors with their heartfelt importance.

Rajshahi district unit of Bangladesh NGO Foundation (BNF) organised the discussion at the office of Lady's Organization for Social Welfare (LOFS) in the city in observance of the BNF Day-2022 on Friday.

More than 100 people from 15 NBF member organisations including LOFS, Agriculture Sustainable and Socio-Economic Development Organisation (ASSEDO) and Protibandhi Swechha­sebi Sangstha took part in the programme. On the occasion, winter clothes were distributed among 20 low-income and distressed people.

Deputy Inspector General of Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments Ariful Islam, Chief Community Development Officer of Rajshahi City Corporation Azizur Rahman and Brac Coordinator Mohsin Ali addressed the meeting as resource persons. LOFS Executive Director Shahnaz Parveen was in the chair.

The discussants unanimously viewed there are many curses including violence against women, child marriage, child labour, dowry, gender disparity and drug-addiction in the society. Concerted effort of all government and non-government organisations become indispensable to free the society from the curses.

The meeting was told that eradication of child marriage, violence against women, equal rights to education, training, science and technology are imperative for the country.

The practice of child marriage in the country is very alarming, especially for girls, as they are treated as a burden of the society, mostly in slums and rural areas. They termed child marriage as a gross violation of human rights and said it is vital to raise massive 

awareness about the negative impacts of early marriage with the help of the mass media.

In his remarks, Ariful Islam said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has already declared that the rural areas will be transformed into urban like areas through reaching the modern facilities there.

 At present, the country is on the road towards development.

 He added that Bangladesh will be elevated to a new height when it achieves the SDGs-2030 and Rupkalpa-2041. He urged the NGOs to supplement the government efforts collectively.