03 Dec 2021, 12:42

NGOs role vital to make government uplift programme successful

   RAJSHAHI, Dec 3, 2021 (BSS) - Development activists and social workers at
a discussion viewed the role of non-governmental development organizations as
very important towards successful implementation of the government's uplift
programmes in terms of taking the nation forward.

  They mentioned that the present government under the dynamic and visionary
leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been implementing various
time-fitting programmes for improving living and livelihood conditions of the
grassroots population particularly for the low-income and marginalized ones.

   To this end, the NGOs should supplement the government endeavors with
their heartfelt importance.

   Rajshahi district unit of Bangladesh NGO Foundation (BNF) organized the
discussion at a city restaurant in observance of the BNF Day- 2021.

   More than 100 people from 15 NBF member organizations including Ladies
Organization for Social Welfare (LOFS), Agriculture Sustainable and Socio-
Economic Development Organization (ASSEDO) and Protibandhi Swechhasebi
Sangstha took part in the programme.

  On the occasion, winter clothes were distributed among 18 low-income and
distressed people.

  Deputy Inspector General of Department of Inspection for Factories and
Establishments Ariful Islam and its Labour Inspector Imran Hossain and Editor
of Daily Sonar Desh Akbarul Hassan Millat addressed the meeting as resource

  With LOFS Executive Director Shahnaz Parveen in the chair, the meeting was
addressed, among others, by Chief Community Development Officer of Rajshahi
City Corporation Azizur Rahman, Director of Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and
Industries Mustafizur Rahman and Advocate Shahinul Haque.

  The discussants unanimously said there are many curses including violence
against women, child marriage, child labour, dowry, gender disparity and
drug-addiction in the society and opined that a concerted effort of all
government and non-government organization become indispensable to free the
society from the curses.

  The meeting was told that eradication of child marriage, violence against
women, equal rights to education, training, science and technology are
imperative for the country.

   The practice of child marriage in the country is very alarming, especially
for girls, as they are treated as a burden of the society, mostly in slums
and rural areas.

  They termed child marriage as a gross violation of human rights and said it
is vital to raise massive awareness about the negative impacts of early
marriage with the help of the mass media.

  In his remarks, Ariful Islam said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has already
declared that the rural areas will be transformed into urban like areas
through reaching the modern facilities there. At present, the country is on
the road towards development.

   He added that Bangladesh will be elevated to a new height when it achieves
the SDGs- 2030 and Rupkalpa-2041. He urged the NGOs to supplement the
government efforts collectively.


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