DHAKA, Jan 31, 2019 (BSS)- Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said her
government is striving to ensure that every people irrespective of their
religious and ethnic identity get their equal rights.
“When we say about our development, we certainly mean the inclusive
development of every people irrespective of their religion, creed and caste,”
she said while handing over scholarship among students belong to ethnic
communities of plain land at a function held at Prime Minister’s Office (PMO)
The scholarship was given under a project titled -‘Development Assistance
for the Small Ethnic Communities Living in Plain Land’ initiated by Prime
Minister’s Office in 1996 to support the students of ethnic communities
living on plain land.
Laying importance on economic sovereignty of ethnic people, the prime
minister said promotion of the ethnic culture is very important side by side
their economic prosperity.
The government wants to make sure that every people get equal opportunity
to pursue education and use modern technology, she said, adding that none
would remain neglected.
“We are not only giving importance on development of ethnic minority but
also working for changing the lots of the people of ‘bede’ community, hijra,
tea garden workers and Dalits,” she said.
The government has given special allocation for their education,
sanitation and supply of pure drinking water, she added.
The prime minister also emphasised on conservation of the diversity of
life style of ethnic people hoping that participation of ethnic people in the
state affairs would increase in the coming days.
The scholarship would help the students to pursue their higher studies and
flourish their talent, she said.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangabandhu liberated Bangladesh aimed at building a
country where people of every religion would get opportunities of economic
prosperity. But, his dream was smashed on August 15, 1975 through his brutal
The prime minister said since the inception of her political career in
1981 she earnestly tried to know the barriers of economic, social and
political development of the people of Bangladesh and resolved those problems
to give them a decent life.
Pointing out beauties of natural and demographic diversity of Bangladesh,
the prime minister said her government has given important focus on ethnic
people for their socioeconomic development as well as culture diversity.
The prime minister said the Awami League government after taking office in
1996 had successfully resolved the unrest in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT and
created opportunity for the ethnic people of the region for their economic
At the same time, her government had thought for socioeconomic development
of about 15 lakh ethnic people living in plain land and took various projects
to support them economically, promote their culture and create educational
and other occupational opportunities.
Under the project, the prime minister’s office has undertaken the
educational assistance programme for ethnic minorities living in plain land,
under which they are getting the scholarship for higher education as well as
She urged the ethnic people to strive for further development of their
traditional occupation through using modern technology saying ethnic people
are part of our national and social heritage.
The prime minister thanked the people of Bangladesh for giving her scope
to serve the nation for consecutive third time and help handing over the
scholarship to the ethnic students.
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni, PMO Secretary Sajjadul Hasan, Director General (admin) Khalilur Rahman
and BUET student A Myat on behalf of ethnic communities spoke on the occasion
with Principal Secretary Md Nazibur Rahman in the chair.
Under the programme, about 500 students of ethnic community were given
Taka 25,000 each as scholarship. Of them, 20 students received cheque from
the Prime Minister.