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12:00 AM, December 04, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 04:15 AM, December 04, 2019

Prioritise public interest: President to army

President Abdul Hamid yesterday urged members of Bangladesh Army to work for the welfare of people, alongside ensuring the country’s security and sovereignty.

“All power belongs to people in a democratic system. All activities of the state and government are carried out for the welfare of people. You, therefore, should give the highest priority to public interest and their welfare while performing your duties,” President Hamid said.

He was delivering his speech at the sixth reunion parade of the Signal Corps of Bangladesh Army at Jashore cantonment.

He also reminded them that people’s hard-earned money is spent for the development of the country and to meet all expenses of the state. “So, you’ll have to stand beside people in times of need, apart from ensuring national security,” he said.

Hamid hoped that members of Bangladesh Army will follow the national integrity strategy while performing their duties and they will do that with honesty and sincerity.

Hamid, also the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Division (AFD), paid tribute to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the Liberation War, and the four national leaders who were killed in jail.

The president said the present government has already taken different initiatives under Bangladesh Armed Forces Goal-2030.

The president said two Signal Battalions, three Static Signal Company in Barishal, Sylhet and Ramu and four Brigade Signal Company have been established throughout the country as a continuation of overall development of the army.

For the modernisation of information and communication technology, the army has adopted plans to incorporate cyber warfare groups, electronic warfare units and strategic transmission units under the Forces Goal-2030.

“These steps will further strengthen military capabilities and communication,”  the president added.

Lauding the contribution of the army both home and abroad, he said its members have shown remarkable efficiency in the global arena that upheld the country’s image abroad. “You’ll have to continue this contribution in the future for the country and nation,” he said.

Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed, senior officials of the government and Bangladesh Army were present on the occasion.

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