Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the administration cadre officers to build a nice society taking proper measures against different social malaises like rape, terrorism, militancy, and corruption, without considering the identities and political affiliations of the criminals.
"You will have to take appropriate measures against some problems such as rape, repression of women, formation of juvenile gangs, drug abuse, terrorism, militancy and corruption. Don't consider the identity of anyone, rather consider the criminals as criminals," she said.
A criminal is a criminal, no matter which party he or she belongs to, the PM said. "So, you will have to build this society nicely taking proper measures against the perpetrators considering them as criminals. We want you to do it."
Hasina was addressing the certificate-giving and closing ceremony of the 116th, 117th and 118th law and administration training courses at the capital's Bangladesh Civil Service Administration Academy through a video conference from the Gono Bhaban.
She asked the trained officers to serve the people showing respect to them.
"Don't neglect anyone. You'll have to show due respect to the people as human beings," she said, adding that her family members learnt from their parents the lesson of showing respect to all people.
The premier said her parents taught her family members to address car drivers, domestic helps and even rickshaw-pullers with respect by calling them "Apni" (you).
She asked the officials to ensure justice for all in their workplaces. "People should get services from you as it's your duty to render services to them to change their fortune and improve their living standard."
Hasina said the government wants to build Bangladesh as a hunger- and poverty-free non-communal country where everyone will live with dignity.
She advised the trained officers to utilise their knowledge acquired through the training course for the development of the country.
The PM directed the fresh officers to strictly follow and implement the health rules to check the spread of Covid-19 and protect the people from getting infected.
"You'll have to remain conscious enough so that you abide by the health codes. If this is so, your colleagues in your workplaces and the people of the country will follow the codes."
The premier said the second wave of the novel coronavirus had already hit a number of countries where lockdowns were imposed again. "The Bangladesh government is so far liberal to some extent considering the reality. But we have been very careful and we are following the health protection guidelines."
Hasina said Bangladesh has already ordered the Covid-19 vaccine and the authorities concerned have been given necessary directives so that the country can collect the vaccine as soon as it is available and preserve it.
She asked the officers to oversee the projects taken up during the pandemic so that those are implemented properly and timely.
State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain presided over the function.
A total of 116 cadre officers -- 70 males and 46 females -- took part in the three five-month training courses. All the participants successfully completed the courses through online classes.
On behalf of the PM, Farhad handed the Rector Award to three best performers -- Jisan Bin Majed, Hafizul Haque and Tariqul Islam -- of the 116th, 117th and 118th training courses respectively.