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AL truly devoted to development of country, people: PM

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BSS, Patuakhali:

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said her party Awami League (AL) is always sincerely dedicated to the development of the country and its people.

“We are beside you (countrymen), (we) will remain there and will provide all kinds of assistance what are needed,” she said.

The premier said while addressing a relief distribution programme at Government Mojahar Uddin Biswas Degree College at Kolapara here organised by the district administration.

Mentioning that the overall development of this southern region was only possible as AL is in power, she said, “There were many people came to the power, but they didn’t do any development activities for this region.”

She added protecting living standard of the people is the main target of her government.

Sheikh Hasina said, “Natural calamities will come. Our target is to maintain living standard of the people facing those (disasters), and we are working for that.”

This time the tidal waves were much higher comparing to the previous cyclones, she said.

The premier thanked the people for taking shelter in the cyclone centres built by the government.

She said the AL government is doing whatever needed for ensuring basic needs of the people.

Her government has been able to stand beside the people during such natural calamities as the country is witnessing continued democracy, she said.

“The socioeconomic development is taking place in the country as continued democracy is prevailing here,” she added.

Presided over by kolapara Awami League Vice President Nirmal Nandi, State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Md. Mohibbur Rahman, Awami League Joint Secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim and Organising Secretary Advocate Afzal Hossain also spoke.

Earlier, the prime minister distributed relief materials among the cyclone Remal-affected people of this area.

Sheikh Hasina also undertook an aerial visit to Mathbaria and Pathorghata areas of Patuakhali district to see herself the trail of havoc caused by the recent Cyclone Remal.

She witnessed the super storm Remal-affected two areas from the helicopter that was hovering just over the ground at a slow speed on her way to Patuakhali from Dhaka.

The helicopter carrying with the prime minister landed at the helipad adjoining to Khepupara Govt Model Secondary School at Kalapara of Patuakhali district at 12:20pm today after around one and a half hour flying from Dhaka.

 

She also visited the Shaheed Sheikh Kamal Bridge on Patuakhali-Kuakata road.

The premier later exchanged views with the divisional level officials as well.

The Patuakhali district administration and the ruling Awami League had taken all-out preparations over the premier’s visit to Patuakhali.

Severe cyclone Remal reportedly killed at least 13 people, destroyed over 35,000 homes, and seriously affected more than 37 lakh people in 19 districts of the country.

The storm made landfall near Khepupara of Patuakhali with the wind speed of up to 130kmph on Sunday evening.

As many as 327,000 people have so far been affected while some 235 houses were completely and 1,865 others were partially destroyed in Patuakhali district, sources said.

The agricultural sector suffered losses of over Tk 260 million, while the fishery sector’s losses are estimated to be over Tk 280 million, they said.

The Prime Minister expressed her gratitude to the countrymen for giving Awami League the opportunity to serve the people again, saying that now Kolapara can be reached by road within 6-7 hours as her government constructed roads and bridges for better communication.

She said that efforts have already been taken to repair the damaged roads, while construction of the broken dam has also started and measures have been taken so that people can be saved from flash floods by rebuilding those before monsoon.

Sheikh Hasina said that they will also rehabilitate the houses destroyed by the cyclone, and assured the people of taking other necessary steps, including providing seeds and fertilisers, so that the farmers can re-cultivate rice and wheat crops on the affected fields.

“We are working for the overall development of the people of the country so that they do not suffer for food and others commodities,” she said.

Referring to the implementation of various development projects, including the establishment of cantonment and naval base, Payra Port and power plant in the region, the Prime Minister said that the overall development of this area has been possible because Awami League is in the power.

“Even, though many people were in the government in the past, no one paid attention to development in this region,” she added.

Sheikh Hasina mentioned that this region was neglected and the people of this area have to live in constant war with nature, saying: “Natural calamities will occur but the goal of her government is to improve the quality of lives of people by tackling those and that is what they are doing.”

Later, the premier exchanged views with the divisional level officials and gave necessary directives for the rehabilitation and development works in the region.

During the meeting with field level officials, the Prime Minister inquired about the various ongoing development projects of the region and asked them to complete quickly, PM’s Deputy Press Secretary KM Shakhawat Moon said.

Besides, she also directed the officials to overcome the effects of Cyclone Remal quickly and ensure all kinds of assistance to the affected people.

 

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