President M Abdul Hamid and Prime
Minister Sheikh Hasina today greeted the countrymen on the eve of the
New Year 2021 in English calendar.
In a message, on the eve of the New Year, the President wished
happiness and welfare for all in 2021.
He said though the celebration of Bengali New Year has merged with
the national culture, the English New Year influences all because of
the widespread use of English calendar in daily activities.
The English New Year brings new hopes to the nation’s social,
political, economic and cultural areas, the head of the state added.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, wished that the New
Year would bring happiness, peace and prosperity for countrymen.
The premier said the year 2020 was an important milestone in the
life of the Bengali nation because, 100 years ago, on March 17, 1920,
a little boy named Sheikh Mujibur Rahman born in Tungipara, Gopalganj,
became the greatest Bengali of all time.
“We have got an independent sovereign Bangladesh in return for his
(Bangabandhu) lifelong sacrifice and visionary leadership and in
exchange of the blood of 30 lakh martyrs and the respect of two lakh
mothers and sisters,” she said.
She added that in order to celebrate the birth centenary of the
Father of the Nation with due dignity, the government has declared
2020-21 as the ‘Mujib Year’.
But in the meantime, the hostile Corona pandemic seems to have
turned the world into a death knell, she said, adding that like other
countries, the government has kept the pre-announced plan on a limited
scale and entered the war of life to get rid of this epidemic.
“I have given 31 point instructions, I have appointed a
doctor-nurse-technician during the pandemic. We have given an
incentive of Taka 1 lakh 21 thousand 353 crore under 21 packages in
order to stand by the side of the poor and helpless people, to keep
the wheel of the economy in motion and to continue the trend of
development,” she continued.
As a result of the implementation of the pro-people and inclusive
development policies adopted by the Awami League government over the
last decade, Bangladesh has been ranked among the top five countries
in the world in terms of economic progress, she informed.
If the situation had remained normal, it would have been possible to
achieve 8.2 per cent GDP growth as per the initial projection of the
last financial year, she said, adding: “Moreover, while the rest of
the world is struggling to contain the negative growth rate, we have
achieved 5.24 percent GDP growth in the corona period.”
“We have brought the poverty rate below 20.5 percent. We have
increased the per capita income to 2,064 US dollars. We have also made
unprecedented progress in the health sector, now the average life
expectancy of our people is 72.6 years. We are providing electricity
facility to 97.5 percent people,” the premier added.
With the installation of all the spans of the Padma Bridge, the two
ends of one of the fast flowing rivers of the world are now connected,
Construction of metro rail and expressways in the capital and
tunnels under the Karnafuli River is progressing fast, she added.
Sheikh Hasina said that the government has modernized the road,
rail and air communication system.
The number of internet users has exceeded 11 crore, she said, adding
that “We have created free employment opportunities based on
With the successful implementation of the first ‘Bangladesh
Perspective Plan’, the achievement of Vision-2021 is almost over, she
The premier said that in the Mujib Year the government has promised
that no one will be homeless as it will extend all the facilities of
the city to the remote rural areas.
She said that they have formulated the second perspective plan to
achieve the ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ by 2030 and to build a
prosperous and hunger and poverty Bangladesh by 2041.
Sheikh Hasina made her optimism to celebrate the golden jubilee of
independence on March 26, 2021.
She said that in the New Year people are moving towards a new world
order as the Corona pandemic has sent a strong message to the world.
The premier called for mutual cooperation of all as it is the only
way to deal with any global crisis.