Dhaka – President M Abdul Hamid has called upon the members Bangladesh Army to give the highest priority to the public interest and welfare side by side ensuring national security.
“Stand by the people . . . Give topmost priority to the public interest and their welfare while discharging your duties,” the president told a reunion of the Signal Corps of Bangladesh Army at Jashore cantonment.
Abdul Hamid, also the supreme commander of the armed forces, advised the army personnel to properly abide by the ‘Integrity Strategy’ and wait upon their respective duties with honesty, loyalty and sincerity, according to a state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news.
“You must remember that people’s hard-earned money is used to bear all expenses of the state and its different development works,” he added.
The Corps of Signals of Bangladesh Army has been playing a very significant and indispensible role being engaged in various communication duties in war time, he said.
The members of the army, specially the signal corps, would be able to perform the duties, including national security and sovereignty, successfully by developing their professionalism and expertise, he hoped.
Referring to the revolutionary changes in modern war techniques, President Hamid said the application of safe and ceaseless communication system by using the modern technology and developed communication machineries is imperative to cope with the changed world.
The government has given priority to information technology and telecommunication sector to build a modern Bangladesh, based on modern technologies, he added.
The President said everyone has already been started enjoying the benefits of Bangabandhu Satellite-1, which was launched in the orbit as part of improvement of the communication system.
He said the plan for introduction of cyber welfare group, electric welfare unit, and strategic transmission unit, in line with the Forces Goal- 2030 will enhance the war capacity and communication system of the army in the days to come.
Pointing out different activities of the Signal Corps of the Bangladesh Army at home and abroad, he said, “The signal corps personnel would continue their activities upholding the image of the army and play a significant role in ensuring the overall development of the country.”
The President praised the armed forces’ role in facing national calamities, preparing national identity (NID) cards and voter lists, shelter projects for homeless people, various development activities and their contribution to the UN peacekeeping missions abroad.
Terming the signal corps of the army a part of prideful heritages, the President said after the 1971 Liberation War the members of the corps have been serving the country and the people sincerely.
The President also took salute and inspected the parade at Shaheed Captain Abdul Hamid parade ground.
Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed, chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defense Ministry Subid Ali Bhuiyan, Sheikh Afil Uddin, MP, Retd Major General Nasir Uddin, MP, Vice-Chancellor of Jashore Science and Technology University Prof Anower Hossain, diplomats, former and current signal corps officials, secretaries concerned to the President, among others, were present on the occasion, according to the news agency.