Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday vowed to eradicate poverty from the country through the combined efforts of all.
"If we all work together, there will be no poverty in the country," she said while addressing a programme virtually from the Gono Bhaban.
The event, titled "Gift of house to the homeless people in Mujib Borsho", was organised to hand over 160 homes to the homeless at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.
Senior secretaries and secretaries of the government took the initiative to provide homes to the homeless people.
Hasina said the government has already reduced the rate of poverty significantly and want to reduce it more.
"We pledged to declare the country free from poverty by 2021, but due to the coronavirus it could not be done. However, our efforts are underway and will be continued."
The premier said the people of the country are very courageous and they have snatched their independence from the Pakistani occupation forces under the leadership of father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
She urged the well-off people to come forward for helping the people of their respective areas. In doing so, the people of those areas would get a better life.
"Living a good life individually is not humanity at all," she said.
Hasina said the government was working relentlessly to provide home to the homeless people in the Mujib Borsho, the birth centenary of Bangabandhu.
"We will take an initiative to illuminate every house in the country during the Mujib Borsho. We have adopted a plan in this regard and we are working also as per the plan."
Talking about the government's success in ensuring food security in the country, she said the government is now taking steps to ensure nutrition for all and it has taken initiatives to increase the production of fish, meat, milk, and eggs.
She urged all not to leave one inch of land uncultivated for the better production of food grains.
The government has given special attention to the mechanisation of agriculture, the PM added.
Hasina said the government is setting up 100 economic zones across the country.
"We have also taken an initiative to establish food processing industries in different parts of the country."
She said many initiatives of the government for the welfare of people have been stalled due to the novel coronavirus, but the government is working to provide financial assistance to the rural areas.
Hasina said working for the people of the country is the prime task of her life as she has lost everything in her life on August 15, 1975.
"It would be the success of my life if I can do something for the people of this country. I never think of what I have gained or not. For me, the main thing is what can I give to the people," she added.