Elaborate programs will be taken to celebrate the centenary of the great leader that year, says the prime minister
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday announced that 2020 would be celebrated as the Mujib Year across the country to mark the centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
She made the announcement in her introductory speech at a joint meeting of Awami League Advisory Council and Central Working Committee at the party's central office in Dhaka’s Bangabandhu Avenue.
It was the party’s first such meeting at this newly constructed office after its inauguration on June 23.
"Elaborate programs will be taken to celebrate the centenary of the great leader as my government and party want it," Hasina said.
She said both the government and Awami League would chalk out programs involving people from all walks of life, including leaders and workers of political and socio-cultural organizations, educationists, intellectuals, teachers, students, workers and professionals.
The prime minister said she has already directed the Cabinet secretary to undertake necessary measures to chalk out the government programs to this end.
On the occasion, various programs like essay, art and cultural competitions and prize giving ceremonies would be held in educational institutions throughout the year of 2020 and those would continue until March 26, 2021 – the golden jubilee year of the country's independence, she added.
Bangabandhu’s eldest daughter Hasina, also the Awami League chief, said the decision would be finalized after discussions with the party leaders.
She said party leaders and activists want to pay the debt of blood of the great leader through bringing smile to the faces of the poor and distressed people for whom he had sacrificed his life.
Following his footprint, she said, her government implemented massive development programs after coming to power in 1996 and again in 2009, and because of that it has been able to ensure food security, healthcare, education and other basic needs of people.
As a result, Bangladesh was now advancing towards the path of materializing the dream of Bangabandhu as it was now recognized as a developing country, the prime minister said.
She observed that the poor were now getting the benefits of the government's achievements like low inflation, high growth rate, increased power generation and other pro-people developments.
"When the GDP rate is high with low inflation, its benefit will be distributed among all, including those living in rural areas," she said.
She vowed to maintain the ongoing development trend to establish Bangladesh as a middle-income country free from poverty and hunger by 2021 as well as a developed one by 2041.
Hasina said steps had also been taken to publish a book in 14 volumes on Bangabandhu based on the then Pakistani Intelligence Report on his political activities from 1947 to 1971.
She said the first volume was at the final stage, while the total volumes would be of 9,000 pages, compiled from 40,000 pages of 47 files.
Two more books – one on the Agartala Conspiracy Case’s court proceedings and another on Bangabandhu’s visit to China in 1952 – would also be published, she added.