Dhaka, June 19 (UNB) – Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on Wednesday said the government’s social safety strategy is playing an important role in eliminating poverty from the country.
“The philosophy of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was to bring smile on the faces of the distressed people. In implementation of the philosophy, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has relentlessly been working to execute the social safety strategy taken by the present government,” she said.
The Speaker was speaking as the chief guest at a workshop arranged to inform the newly elected MPs of the national social safety strategy.
The Jatiya Sangsad and the Cabinet Division jointly organised the workshop at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban. Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah and Chief Whip Noor-E-Alam Chowdhury were present as special guests at the function presided over by Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam.
Dr Chaudhury said the allocation for social safety net has been increased to about 74,000 crore in the proposed budget for 2019-20 fiscal year.
The government has taken measures so that a larger number of women get benefits under the social safety net, she said. “The social safety system has been able to keep effective contribution to the reduction of poverty, inequality, development of human resources, creation of jobs and economic growth,” she said.
The Speaker said the poverty rate came down to 21 percent from 40 percent under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Pointing at the MPs, she said the members of parliament play important roles in implementation of different field-level programmes under the social safety net, expressing the hope that they will ensure monitoring so that the benefits of the social safety programmes reach to the genuine poor.
Member of the Planning Commission Dr Shamsul Alam, Senior Secretary (Reform and Coordination) of the Cabinet Division Dr Md Shamsul Arefin and Principal Coordinator on SDGs Affairs at the Prime Minister’s Office Md Abul Kalam Azad made presentations on the national social safety strategy, action plan and social safety related to SDGs issues.
Four whips -- Atiur Rahman Atik, Iqbalur Rahim, Mahbub Ara Begum Gini and Shamsul Hoque Chowdhury, and Senior Secretary of Parliament Secretariat Dr Zafar Ahmed Khan were present.
A total of 103 newly elected MPs took part in the workshop, said a Parliament Secretariat release.