Critics should look at positive changes at the village level, says Hasina

“The government has ensured that electricity reaches every home and has implemented several ‘mega projects’ for the development of Bangladesh. People will definitely benefit from these projects,” Hasina said while addressing the “Second National SDG Implementation Review Conference” via video conference on Monday.

“There are people who criticize government spending. But they never focus on the outcome of the project – how it will benefit people, how it will enrich the national economy, propel development growth and bring positive changes in people’s lives. It’s really unfortunate.”

The Prime Minister urged his critics to take a look at the rural areas to see the positive changes and not to denigrate the government while staying in the capital.

She underscored the need to develop connectivity and communication systems, saying this will strengthen the system of movement of goods and people and propel the national economy. Even root-level producers will be able to market their products easily.

“It will strengthen the economy, reduce poverty and benefit marginalized people.”

Hasina said his government supported freedom of expression in Bangladesh by “opening up” radio and television to the private sector in 1996.

“Now everyone can speak and participate in talk shows. There are also people who speak out and then claim they have been silenced. But no one is going to gag you or strangle you. You can express your opinion, whatever it is.

The Awami League government aims to “bring about positive changes in the lives of working people”, said Sheikh Hasina.

“And that’s why we’ve implemented these SDG projects that suit us.”

She thanked those responsible for organizing the national conference and suggested that government and the private sector work in partnership. The government will provide all necessary assistance, she assured.

“We will provide political assistance and funding for the implementation of SDG projects, but stakeholders must use their funds and prevent misuse. Furthermore, they must take effective initiatives to implement international commitments,” she said.

The SDG targets can be achieved before 2030 if everyone works together, the Prime Minister has said. She highlighted her government’s initiatives for the development of Bangladesh, adding that they strive to realize Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s dream of creating a golden Bangladesh free of hunger and poverty.

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