Dhaka, July 25 (UNB) - President Abdul Hamid on Wednesday stressed the need for making the best use of government property as there is no alternative to ensuring the optimum utilisation of limited resources for the country’s socio-economic development.
“There’s no alternative to optimum utilisation of limited resources for the socio-economic development of Bangladesh. So, this has to be ensured in every field,” he said while addressing the Deputy Commissioners’ Conference at Bangabhaban.
The President further said, “You know the successful implementation of the social safety programmes is an effective means to reduce poverty and establish social justice.”
Hamid said the government is continuously expanding the rate and volume of social safety allowances to create a sustainable safety net with social security. “This should be ensured that the real distressed people should get those facilities and be distributed properly.”
Mentioning that Bangladesh as an excellent example of secularism and communal harmony, the President said some fanatics, misguided people and terrorists are trying to thwart communal harmony and obstruct the country's economic development.
The Deputy Commissioners should play a leading role in creating mass awareness through a vigorous campaign against militancy and terrorist activities to eliminate those at any cost from the country.
Several projects, including some mega ones, are being implemented in various sectors, including agriculture, education, health, communication infrastructure, said the President adding that these projects are being implemented with public money.
“You’ll have to remain alert so that proper utilization of each and every Taka f people is ensured. In many cases, the projects, especially the infrastructure ones, are implemented without maintaining the desired quality. It causes losses to public money in addition to causing public sufferings,” the President told the DCs.
Mentioning that corruption as an impediment to society and socio-economic development, Hamid said, “People will have to be made aware from the grassroots level against corruption. You’ve to start this work from your office and family. The culture of transparency and accountability should be introduced at filed-level administration.”
Giving emphasis on prioritisation of people’s welfare instead of acquiring personal assets, the President said, “The welfare of people should be given the priority. Keep in mind that people provide the salaries, allowances and office expenses of you and mine. So, their interest (people) should be given maximum importance in all the activities of the government.”
Stressing the importance of ensuring hassle-free public services, the President said priority should be given to creative and innovative activities avoiding the conventional practices in performing duties.
He sought all-out cooperation from all in achieving the goals of sustainable development targets (SDGs) by 2030 and becoming a developed country by 2040.
The President also stressed the need for proper implementation of agriculture-friendly policy to attain self-sufficiency in food, standard education for all, people-oriented and sustainable land management, expansion of ICT, playing an active role in implementing the ongoing programme to end the sufferings from manmade disasters and crackdown on drug dealers and peddlers.