Peace essential for development: PM

Highlighting the role of Ansar and Village Defense Party (VDP) in curbing terrorism and militancy in Bangladesh, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday stressed the need for maintaining a peaceful environment for the development of the country.

“Bangladesh is a peaceful country. We believe in peace. And if the peaceful environment prevails, the country will continue to prosper,” she said while addressing the 42nd national rally-2022 of Bangladesh Ansar and VDP.

Hasina virtually joined the function at Bangladesh Ansar and VDP Academy in Shafipur of Gazipur, from her official residence Gono Bhaban. She said the development of Bangladesh means development of every family. “We want every family to lead a decent life. This’s why it’s essential to maintain a peaceful environment.”

Hasina said her government wants to build a terrorism- and militancy-free Bangladesh. “In this case, our Ansar and VDP have been playing a special role,” she added.

Noting that the government is going to form Ansar Welfare Trust Fund for wellbeing of its members, the PM said she will manage the seed money for the trust fund.

At the event, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, on behalf of the premier, handed over special medals to 162 Ansar and VDP members under eight categories in recognition of their bravery and praiseworthy services.

Hasina urged the Ansar and VDP members to make collective efforts for the continuation of the ongoing development in the country.

She said her government has taken various programmes, including the “My House My Firm” scheme, to ensure the overall development of the country. Since Ansar and VDP members are trained on cooperatives, they were engaged in the programme, she said, adding that now many families have been able to become economically solvent and lead a better life, getting engaged in this cooperatives scheme.

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