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Select competent, patriotic officers for promotion, PM urges generals

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today asked the generals of Bangladesh Army to select most qualified, capable, efficient and patriotic officers having belief in the spirit of the War of Liberation for promotion to higher ranks, BSS reports

“You will have to find out patriotic and capable leaderships who believe in the great War of Liberation by analysing from neutral angle and rising above all things and I would like to tell those who would lead the army to be more careful about the subordinates,” she said.

The Prime Minister gave the directives while addressing the Senasadar Nirbachani Parshad-2015 (Army Headquarters Selection Board-2015) held at the Army Headquarters in Dhaka Cantonment here this morning.

Defence Secretary Kazi Habibul Awal, Chief of Army Staff General Abu Belal Mohammad Shafiul Haque, PMO Secretary Suraiya Begum and PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim were present, among others.

Sheikh Hasina said the independence of Bangladesh and spirit of the War of Liberation for the Armed Forces is ideologically fundamental and prime issue. “So you will have to give attention always that the leadership of the army is bestowed upon those who are patriotic officers.”

The Prime Minister also suggested the generals giving priority to educational qualifications, professional excellence, honesty, trustworthiness and loyalty as well as discipline and capability of the leadership for promotion to higher posts.

“It is possible to clinch any victory and success through qualified and capable leadership. Therefore, those who became successful in giving leadership will have to be brought in consideration in the issue of promotion,” she said.
Terming discipline as the backbone of a well-organized force, Sheikh Hasina said the matter of discipline is not comparable with any other quality. “Any kind of compromise with the discipline must be avoidable,” she opined.

Sheikh Hasina put emphasis on evaluation of the role of the officers in different crucial times of national life including contribution to containing militancy, conducting anti-terrorism drive as well as maintaining constitutional continuity in the country.

In this regard, she expressed her satisfaction over selecting future leaderships in Bangladesh Army based on seniority following Tabulated Record and Comparative Evaluation (TRACE) method.   Sheikh Hasina said soon after the independence, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman undertook massive steps to develop a modern and time-befitting army for the country.

She said Bangabandhu had a resolute confidence and trust as well as true love for Bangladesh Army and for this, he spurred his children in joining the force. “Whenever Awami League formed government, it worked for the development of the army following the footprint of the Father of the Nation,” she said, adding no government in the past did so much work for the armed forces that her administration implemented over the last six years.

The Prime Minister said her government in its 1996-2001 tenure established many new units and important organizations like National Defence College, Military Institute of Science and Technology, Armed Forces Medical College, Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operation Training and Bangladesh Infantry Regimental Centre to expand and modernize the army.

Again forming the government in 2009, Sheikh Hasina said her government formulated Forces Goal-2030 in the light of the defence policy framed by Bangabandhu in 1974. “The implementation of the Forces Goal-2030 advanced much,” she said.

In this connection, she mentioned that many modern equipment have been procured for the Signal and Engineering Corps side by side with many state-of-the-art main battle tanks, self propelled gun system, Radar, anti-tank guided weapon, multiple launched rocket system, armoured personnel carrier and utility aircraft to further develop and modernize the army.

Besides, she said, a deal has also been signed with Russian Federation under a one billion dollar military credit protocol to procure 6 MI-171 helicopers, 330 APCs and 10 armoured recovery vehicles.  “A deal has also been inked for modernization of 174 T-59 tanks to further increase capability of the army,” she said.

The Prime Minister said two FM-90 and Surface to Air Missile System Regiment will be inducted in the Bangladesh Army by 2017 that will strengthen military capability of the army and enable its members to work at the UN Peacekeeping Missions with more professionalism, she added.  She said, 17 Infantry division has been established at Jalalabad of Sylhet while approval has been given in principle to the organogram to form 30 more new units of this division in the next five years.

The new 99 Composite Brigade formed for constructing relevant infrastructures and safety of the Padma Bridge has been working on in full swing. “We have established 10 infantry division in Ramu in Cox’s Bazar, while approval has been given in principle for setting up a full-fledged cantonment at Ruma in Bandarban,” she said.

Referring to the role of the army in maintaining world peace, she said the members of the Bangladesh Army have brightened the image of the country in the international arena and the army has now been a symbol of confidence and discipline.  Praising the role of the members of the army in facing various natural disasters and constructing infrastructures of the country like flyovers and big bridges, the Prime Minister said their contribution would be remembered for ever.

Sheikh Hasina described various efforts of her government to increase manpower in the army, solve housing and other problems by constructing multistoried buildings as well as implementing many welfare-oriented projects. The Prime Minister also spelled out her government’s impressive success on all socioeconomic fronts including agriculture, health, electricity, economy, poverty alleviation, saying that Bangladesh Army is also a partner of this development.

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