Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud yesterday said the country is now hunger-free and the poverty rate will reduce to 10 percent before the next parliamentary election.
“Bangabandhu’s daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina declared to build a hunger- and poverty-free Bangladesh... the country will be poverty-free in phases,” he said, speaking at an event at Rangunia Upazila Parishad auditorium in Chattogram.
Dr Mahmud was distributing financial assistance among 261 insolvent people from the information minister’s fund. He also distributed multimedia projectors and sports items among educational institutions.
The minister said poverty rate has reduced to 20 percent from 41 percent during the last 10-year tenure of the Awami League government.
Dr Mahmud, also the publicity and publication secretary of Awami League, hoped that the rate will come down to 10 percent before the next general elections.
Once a food deficit country, Bangladesh is now a food surplus country and has decided to export food, he added.
The prime minister has taken various initiatives to make Bangladesh beggar-free. The government has already declared some upazilas beggar-free, the minister added.
Dr Mahmud said the government has distributed 80 tonnes of rice among flood-affected people in Rangunia upazila.
He urged AL leaders and activists to remain alert against those who are only interested in “politics of votes”.
Among others, Upazila Parishad Chairman and Awami League upazila unit president Khalilur Rahman Chowdhury; Assistant Commissioner (land) Purbita Chakma; Rangunia Municipality Mayor Md Shahjahan Sikder; and upazila vice chairpersons Md Shafiqul Islam and Monowara Begum; addressed the programme. The event was chaired by UNO Md Masudur Rahman.