Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said the wheels of country's economy are still in motion as the Awami League government was able to build a comprehensive communication network throughout the country.
"We built a comprehensive network of communication countrywide after the Bangladesh Awami League government assumed office… As a result, the wheels of our economy are still in motion," she said.
Expressing her firm determination to further improve the communication system for the betterment of the country's people, the premier said, "We have started many more works and hopefully we will complete those, InshaAllah."
The premier made the comments during a video conference from her official residence Gono Bhaban inaugurating three newly constructed bridges in Magura, Jashore and Narayanganj districts and the Independence Square in Pabna as part of ongoing development projects.
Saying that development is going on due to the continuation of the present regime, she said since the formation of the government in 2009 "we are able to improve the fates of the countrymen."
The premier mentioned that during the previous governments, there was potential for development but it was not done much. "People's socio-economic condition will be better if the country's communication system becomes better," she added.
"As we have reduced the poverty rate, we have been able to increase per capita income also. Employment is being created for the people. Besides, we have also proved that the quality of people's lifestyle can be improved even at the rural level," she said.
Besides, she said, her government is implementing the plans and various development projects by giving special focus on improving the country's overall communication network, ensuring power facilities and marketing the products, attracting investment from abroad and keeping the economy afloat.
Referring to the ruling Awami League, Hasina, also the party president, said, "We did not do anything suddenly. When the Awami League was in the opposition, we had a plan to do so."
She recalled the contribution of Father of the Nation with due respect, saying that Bangabandhu brought independence for the country and wanted to change the fate of the people and eradicate poverty.
"I am grateful to the people of Bangladesh for repeatedly giving us the opportunity to serve the country and work for them," Hasina added.
During her speech, the premier recalled with due respect the contribution of renowned freedom fighter Rafiqul Islam Bakul of Pabna, saying that he was one of the few who stood by the party as well as her and faced the adversities during the BNP regime.
"We must remember his contribution because he is a freedom fighter," she said, thanking all concerned, including Anjan Chowdhury, for constructing the 'Independence Square".
Inaugurating the bridges over three rivers, the PM said these three bridges are the gifts of "Mujib Borsho (Mujib Year)", the birth centenary celebration of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, for the inhabitants of Mohammadpur, Rupganj and Abhaynagar.
The PM also reiterated the seriousness of the probable second wave of coronavirus pandemic and emphasised on the use of masks and urged all to abide by the health rules.