Bangladesh has already reduced the number of people living under poverty line to half and the government has aimed to take the rate lower to 5-10 percent within 2021.
For achieving this target, the government has announced the National Social Security Strategy (NSSS) Action Plan on Sunday.
The Cabinet Division of the government with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Australian Aid launched the NSSS Action Plan during the inaugural session of the National Conference on Social Security Programme at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC).
Social Welfare Minister Rashed Khan Menon was present at the programme as the chief guest.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister said, “I must welcome the efforts of the Cabinet Division
and the Central Management Committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary for completing the formulation of the NSSS action plan.”
The launching ceremony was followed by a three-day Social Security fair on social protection where recent issues and achievements of different social protection implementing agencies of the government and NGOs are
The three-day event will highlight the government initiatives to reform social protection system
of the country. It will conclude
M.A. Mannan, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Planning emphasized on Goal 1 of the SDGs and said: “The government is continuing the fight against poverty till the moment it completely
eradicates poverty and achieve
the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.”
Julia Niblett, Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh in her remarks said, “Social protection enables the poor to purchase enough food so that they can work hard and purchase assets to invest in income generating activities.”
Dr Simone Field, Livelihoods
and Nutrition Adviser-DFID, Bangladesh, lauded Bangladesh for adapting the lifecycle approach and pointed out that, “Globally, social protection is rising up in the development agenda.”
“We all need to work together to show that we are serious about social reform in Bangladesh,” she added.
“The lifecycle approach helps Bangladesh to attain the Global Agenda 2030 leaving no one behind,” said Sudipto Mukerjee, Country Director, UNDP Bangladesh. He highlighted Bangladesh’s strong political commitment to become a welfare state, which means the state as a provider of social to its citizens.
Earlier, Dr Shamsul Alam, Member (Senior Secretary), General Economic Division made the keynote presentation on National Social Security Strategy Action Plan, while Mohammad Shafiul Alam, Cabinet Secretary, chaired the inaugural session.
Among others, AK Mohiuddin Ahmed, Additional Secretary, Cabinet Division, N M Zeaul Alam Secretary, Coordination and Reforms, Cabinet Division, Md Faizul Islam National Project Director, Social Security Policy Support Programme of UNDP spoke at the event.