Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called upon all to make joint efforts to get international recognition for the Genocide Day. “Today is March 25, the Genocide Day. We have to make efforts to make sure that the day gets international recognition as the Genocide Day,” she said.
Some initiatives have already been taken by the government in this regard, the PM said. While addressing the Swadhinata Purashkar-2019 ceremony, she asked all to work together to give the benefits of the hard-earned independence to every home, being imbued with the spirit of the Liberation War and ideals of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“Whenever we come to power, we try to develop the country's socio-economic condition in the quickest possible time to make Bangladesh a developed country free from hunger and poverty as dreamt by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.” She said the country would achieve 8 per cent GDP growth this year and the per capita income now stands at $1,909.
Highlighting major initiatives taken by Bangabandhu, the PM said seven per cent GDP growth was achieved in 1975 before his assassination. Hasina said if Bangabandhu had been alive, the country could have been developed in five to 10 years after its independence.
But the anti-liberation forces and their international collaborators had assassinated the Father of the Nation as a part of their conspiracy as they realised that Bangladesh would soon achieve economic emancipation under his visionary leadership, she mentioned. The PM said the country's economic development was stopped with the assassination of Bangabandhu on August 15, 1975.