Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday promised to spread further the great Bangla, its literature and the country’s culture and heritage across the world as Bangladesh’s rich diversity has its own strength.
“Our efforts will be to spread Bangla language, literature, and culture more in the international arena and I believe that we will be successful in that,” she said.
The Prime Minister said this while distributing the Ekushey Padak, the country’s second highest civilian award, among 24 eminent personalities in recognition of their contributions to various fields.
The programme was held at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium. The Prime Minister joined it virtually from her official residence Ganobahban.
Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq distributed the prestigious award among the recipients on behalf of the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister also said the government has been working relentlessly to change the fate of the grassroots level and deprived people. “More importantly, we want to attain economic emancipation.”
She said Bangladesh is advancing and will continue its journey towards prosperity.
Briefly describing the struggle of the country’s Independence from Language Movement, Hasina said that sacrifices of many people have made the Bangladesh independence possible.
“Independence does not come through a sudden declaration of any person, that did not come, the independence came through the journey of the struggle. And that struggle was launched by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” she added.
The PM went on saying, “The contribution of him (Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman) is the independent Bangladesh and this country emerged as a country of a Nation."
Recalling the efforts to erase the contributions of Bangabandhu after his assassination in 1975, Hasina said his contributions to the Language Movement and Liberation War had also most been erased. "But the reality is, no one could erase the truth and history."
Congratulating the awardees, the Prime Minister said the new generation will come forward to devote themselves to the welfare of the country and its people following their footsteps.
State Minister for the Cultural Affairs Ministry KM Khalid presided over the programme while Secretary of the ministry Md Abul Monsur delivered the welcome address.
Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam conducted the award-giving ceremony and read out the citations of the recipients, organised by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs.
The Prime Minister reiterated her call to all to take Covid-19 vaccine as the government is providing it free of cost when many rich countries are not doing so.
Hasina urged all the responsible people, both in government and private sectors, to make sure their near and dear ones as well as neighbours are vaccinated.
She also called upon all to properly maintain health safety protocols to escape the virus infections.