RANGPUR, March 23, 2018 (BSS) – Rangpur turned into jubilant city as thousands of people on Thursday celebrated the country’s historical achievement of getting eligibility for graduating to a developing country from the status of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).
The district administration, City Corporation, District Muktijoddha Sangshad, Awami League (AL) and its associate bodies, government departments, educational institutions, sociocultural, professional and business organisations, NGOs and other organisations chalked out colourful programmes marking the celebration.
The programmes included placing of wreaths at the Mural of Bangabandhu, bringing out of ‘Ananda Shobhayatra’, discussions, screening of documentary films on developments, different competitions for children and cultural functions.
The celebrations began with placing of wreaths at the Mural of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the Bangabandhu Square in the city.
Later, thousands of people took part in the jubilant processions with banners, festoons, posters and colourful flags in their hands focusing the massive developments those have taken place during the tenure of the present government in past nine years.
Divisional Commissioner Kazi Hasan Ahmed attended the main discussion arranged by the district administration at Town Hall auditorium as the chief guest with Deputy Commissioner Enamul Habib in the chair.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) for Rangpur Range Khondker Golam Faruk, Police Super Mizanur Rahman, Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Rabiul Islam, Acting President of district AL Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed, its office Secretary Tauhidur Rahman Tutul, city AL President Shafiur Rahman Shafi and Secretary Tushar Kanti Mandal, among others, addressed.
The deputy commissioner said the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in last October projected that Bangladesh would qualify to graduate from the LDCs list in March this year after fulfilling all the three criteria to become eligible for the developing country status, adding that Bangladesh will get final recognition to graduate to developing country from the LDC category in 2024.
Citing the massive developments already achieved by the present government in every sector during the past nine years, the chief guest said Bangladesh is marching ahead successfully to become a developed country by 2041.
He called upon the government officials and common people to work with patriotic zeal in maintaining the pace of development for building a developed Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to make independence meaningful for every citizen.