Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud said the government is working to turn the country into a social welfare state Saturday."The government is working to make the country a social welfare state. That is why, the government kept allocation over 13.5 per cent in social safety net sector in the current budget," he told the distribution ceremony of homes among 210 poor families of Rangunia upazila under Asrayan project at upazila parishad auditorium here.
The minister said around 25 per cent people have been brought under social safety net through different programmes. Upazila Nirbahi Officer Md Masudur Rahman chaired the function while Upazila Parishad newly elected chairman Khalilur Rahman Chowdhury addressed it as the chief discussant. Assistant Commissioner (land) Purbita Chakma, Rangunia municipality mayor Shahjahan Sikder, upazila vice-chairmen Shafiqul Islam and Manwara Begum and UP chairman Nazrul Islam Talukder, among others, attended it.
Mahmud said the Awami League government has given priority to alleviate poverty from the country and develop the living standard of rural people. Because of the government's different initiatives, the country has already attained different achievements in poverty alleviation, he said. The minister said when AL assumed office in 2009, over 40 per cent people were below poverty line while it declined to 20 per cent now.
In the last one decade, Bangladesh has set an example in development of rural areas and economy, he added. Some 110 students were given stipends of Taka 30,000 each along with education materials and 40 poor families each received two goats.Awami League (AL) Publicity and Publication Secretary and Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud Saturday said intruders from other political parties into AL will be driven out.
"Many elements have intruded into Awami League as the party is in state power for three consecutive terms. But they will be expelled from the party gradually," he said. The minister was addressing a special extended meeting of seven organizational districts under Chattogram division at International Convention Centre here.Dr Hasan urged the party leaders and activists to be humble so that the people can accept the development activities carried out by the present government.
AL presidium member Abdul Matin Khasru, MP, was the chief guest at the meeting with AL acting General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif in the chair.Referring to different development activities carried out under the present government, the information minister said Bangladesh is far advanced from Pakistan and even neighbouring India in terms of export earnings, GDP and life expectancy.
He said the per capita income of the country is now around US$2,000 which was only US$540 during the BNP regime. Bangladesh is one of the top five countries which maintain high GDP growth, he added.
Speaking about BNP, Dr Hasan said there is no ideology in BNP as its founder Ziaur Rahman had formed the party by hiring leaders from different political parties. "There is no unity in Jatiya Oikyafront. It is now getting broken," he added. Chattogram City Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin and Deputy Minister for Education Barrister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury also spoke, among others, while Deputy Minister for Water Resources Enamul Hoque Shamim conducted the meeting.
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