Urging everybody to work together to materialize the cherished goal of independence, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said Bangladesh would surely go ahead conquering all barriers and hurdles in the coming days to make its position amidst world comity as a victorious nation, BSS reports. “I have firm confidence that we will be able to make the country a prosperous one, and none will be able to suppress us. I believe, we will be able to overcome all barriers and make a prosperous country to pay the debt of the millions of martyrs,” she said.
The prime minister said this while distributing the ‘Swadhinata Purashkar’, the highest state award, at a function at Osmani Memorial Hall in Dhaka today. Sheikh Hasina said, “We want to go far, when there will have no homeless people in Bangladesh, none will suffer from hunger, every people will have access to healthcare, education and enjoy a decent life.”
She said, “Our independence has been earned at the cost of huge sacrifice. So, the benefit of the independence should be reached to every house and people of the country would get a beautiful life.” This year 15 eminent persons and one renowned organization were given the Swadhinata Purashkar (Independence Award), highest state award, in recognition to their outstanding contribution to different levels of the society.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formally handed over the award to the recipients and relatives of the awardees who got the award posthumously. Cabinet Secretary Shafiul Alam read out the citation on the award recipients and conducted the function organized by the Cabinet Division. On behalf of the award recipients noted artiste Hasan Imam also spoke on the occasion.
Cabinet members, PM’s advisors, Deputy Speaker, parliament members, chiefs of three services, high civil and military officials, diplomats and relatives of the award recipients were present. Each awardee received a gold medal, a certificate of honour, and a sum of Taka three lakh this year.