PGR has been carrying out their responsibilities with high courage and sincerity since its inception, says Sheikh Hasina
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the government was continuing its efforts to develop the armed forces further ensuring international standards.
"It's the duty of the armed forces to protect the country's independence and sovereignty," she said. “So, we've been carrying out our efforts to develop the armed forces further and make it of international standards one fitting for an independent country.”
The prime minister was addressing a program marking the 44th founding anniversary of the President Guard Regiment (PGR) at the PGR Headquarters in Dhaka Cantonment.
She greeted the PGR members on the occasion, praised them for showing competence in providing security.
Ensuring foolproof security is PGR’s goal, she said, adding that the members of this regiment have been carrying out their responsibilities with high courage and sincerity since its inception being motivated with the policy. "Your honesty, dutifulness and patriotism motivate everyone."
Focusing on different activities taken by her government for the welfare of the PGR members, the prime minister said her government, assuming power in 1996, had introduced the guard allowances for PGR members considering their risk and took steps for their training.
Forming the government for the second time in 2009, her government increased the manpower of the PGR and took various measures, including collection of Armed Personnel Carrier for PGR considering their security issue, she said.
Besides, a 14-storey building was now being constructed for their housing and it was expected to be completed soon, she said.
Hasina said Bangladesh will march forward in line with the spirit of the 1971 Liberation War and it will occupy a dignified position in the world arena.
"We're a victorious nation in the war. We want to move keeping our heads high with self-dignity in the world arena as a victorious nation," she said.
Talking about the development of the country, she said her government passed the biggest-ever national budget of Tk523,190 crore. "We're moving forward gradually. We've been able to increase our GDP growth at 8.10%. Per capita income has also increased.”
Nothing that the government brought down the poverty rate to 21.8%, the prime minister said her government's goal was to build Bangladesh as a fully poverty-free country.
"We've been able to make hunger-free Bangladesh. Now our goal is to make it free from poverty. We want to set an example in the South Asia by building Bangladesh as a developed and prosperous country," she said.
On her arrival at the PGR Headquarters, the prime minister was received by Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed and PGR Commander Brig Gen Md Jahangir Alam.
The prime minister’s Security Affairs Adviser Maj Gen (retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat, the prime minister’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, the president's Military Secretary Maj Gen SM Shamim-Uzzaman, the prime minister’s Military Secretary Maj Gen Mia Mohammad Zainul Abedin and Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim were, among others, present.