by Our Correspondent in Dhaka;-
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the public servants to maintain austerity and refrain from all unnecessary spending of the public money as Bangladesh is bracing for the potential second wave of novel coronavirus.
“Everyone has to remain cautious over expending if public money, because if coronavirus hits again then we’ll need a huge amount of money, we’ll have to help the people again,” the Prime Minister said while handing the national standard to ten units and organisations of Bangladesh Army at a function through video conferencing.
The army programme was organised at Savar Cantonment and the Prime Minister joined it from her official Ganobhaban residence.
Hasina said her government approved a budget of 568,000 crore taka for the current fiscal amid the virus pandemic that causes economic downturn across the globe on one hand and needs to spend more on the medical treatment.
Bangladesh will need to spend more on treatment, medicines, more doctors and nurses if the second wave of the virus, the Prime Minister said.
“We need to maintain austerity; we must not waste a single paisa unnecessary,” she said suggesting for improved food production to avert crisis as she mentioned many countries are suffering from food shortage because of the pandemic.
She also said that her government was working to transform Bangladesh Army into a well-trained and modern technology and education based force to make it capable enough to face the 21st century’s geopolitical and military challenges.
She handed over the national standard (national flag) handing over ceremony to 10 units and organizations of the Bangladesh Army.
On behalf of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed handed over the national standard (national flag) to the respective commanders of 1,3,6,8 Engineering Battalion, 11 BIR (Bangladesh Infantry Regiments) Mechanized Battalion, BIR-12th, 13th and 15th Support Battalion, 59 East Bengal Support Battalion and School of Infantry and Tactics.
A smartly turned out contingent of Bangladesh Army gave salute to the Prime Minister through a spectacular parade.
“The Bangladesh Army is the symbol of independence and sovereignty of the country. Making overall development of the army is also our duty,” the Prime Minister said listing her efforts she had taken in the past to develop the armed forces division.
Establishing two infantry brigades, special works organization, 10 battalion, National Defence College (NDC), Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operation Training (BIPSOT), The Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Academy, and Bangladesh Infantry Regiment Centre are among the initiatives she had successfully completed in the past.
“It is the sacred duty of every soldier to maintain the honour of the national flag,” Hasina said calling upon the army personnel to put forward the country by upholding its constitution.
Hasina described Bangladesh Army as an “asset” of the country and a “symbol” of the confidence and the trust of the people. She also asked its members to be more “professionally-efficient” and “welfare-minded” with social and religious values.