PM urged her countrymen to behave more humanely
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged people not to abandon the principles of humanity in a bid to protect themselves from the novel coronavirus infection.
“Everyone should be safe; but it doesn’t mean that they have to act inhumanely. Please don’t act like that,” she said during a video conference with district administration officers on Thursday.
The prime minister made the announcement in her introductory speech while interacting with the public representatives and officials of nine districts of Dhaka division on the present coronavirus situation, through a videoconference from her official Ganabhaban residence here this morning.
Sheikh Hasina said in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the government started selling rice at Taka 10 per kg among the poor and distressed people who have no ration cards.
“But problems are being created for distributing rice (in this way) and we’ve postponed the programme for the time being as some incidents happened regarding it,” she said.
The premier added: “So, we’ve directed the authorities concerned to prepare a list of 50 lakh poor and distressed people who will be brought under the new ration card facilities by excluding those having ration cards and are already getting benefits of social safety net programmes.”
In this connection, Sheikh Hasina asked the authorities concerned to make the list of those people who truly need assistance in this critical time.
The prime minister particularly asked the public representatives to take prompt measures to prepare a list of genuine needy people, irrespective of their political affiliations, to ensure that everyone gets relief.
“Form committees at the grassroots level to prepare a list of truly needy people irrespective of their political affiliations to ensure that everyone gets relief as the Awami League has been working for the welfare of all,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, said she has already instructed the party leaders and workers to form relief committees up to the ward-level to find out the genuine distressed people and reach succors to their houses.
Stressing the need for ensuring cent percent accountability in preparing the list, she said: “Make sure that none of the needy people remains out of the list and realize whatever I am saying and act accordingly.”
Reiterating her strong warning against corruption and irregularities in relief distribution, Sheikh Hasina directed the administration and law enforcement agencies to remain alert about it.
“It’ll have to be ensured that the succors, whether government or private, reach the right persons. We’ll not tolerate any corruption and irregularities in the distribution of relief materials,” she said.
The premier said the government is providing food assistance to the people who are staying home after being jobless in this crisis.
“But we don’t tolerate anybody to make irregularities in this regard and we’re taking actions instantly if such incidents happen,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina, however, said it was proved after investigations into some irregularities that some elements are staging such incidents to victimise others.
“It’s not expected during this disaster, rather assistance will have to be provided to all,” she said.
Urging all concerned to work with utmost sincerity in this critical time, the prime minister said 40 persons have so far been punished, while dealership and security money of 11 persons forfeited for committing irregularities and graft in relief and OMS rice distribution.
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