PM for continuation of democracy to sustain Bangladesh’s dev

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday stressed the need for continuation of democracy and stability to maintain Bangladesh's ongoing development and progress.

‘Pray to Allah so that the country’s democracy and stability continue. We have been able to develop the country and transformed it into a developing one as there has been democracy in the country for a longer period,’ she said.

The prime minister said this achievement could not be possible without having continued democracy and stability.

She made the remarks inaugurating a new office for the officers of the parliament secretariat at the North Plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban by cutting a ribbon.

The prime minister reminded all that the trend of democracy is the result of a long struggle, saying, ‘It hasn’t come in a day.’

The prime minister later went around different sections of the office.

Earlier, on her arrival at the venue, JS speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhary received the prime minister with a bouquet.

Among others, deputy leader of the House Matia Chowdhury, cabinet members, deputy speaker, chief whip, whips, lawmakers and officials concerned were present on the occasion.

Sheikh Hasina said that Bangladesh witnessed a massive development as her government had been maintained the country’s democratic process since 2009.

‘Not the parliament only, the entire country has also changed due to having continued democracy,’ she said.

About the new office, Sheikh Hasina, the leader of the House, said that the parliament got a smart office with opening of the new one as part of the government’s move to turn Bangladesh into a smart country by 2041.

The new office will ensure a convenient atmosphere for work and help infuse dynamism in the activities of the parliament secretariat, she said.

Describing the parliament library as invaluable, the prime minister called upon the lawmakers to spend some time to study previous proceedings to be good parliamentarians.

She said that they gave speech in parliament referring to the previous proceedings.

The prime minister thanked the speaker for taking an initiative of establishing an archive in parliament to let all know the actual history of the country.

She said that her government had been giving topmost priority to protecting the main design of the parliament designed by world famous architect Louis Isadore Kahn.

The prime minister said that her government collected the complete design of the parliament from Pennsylvania University at a cost of 4 lakh US dollars.

Speaking on the occasion, speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury said that an archive on life, works and struggles of Bangladesh’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Liberation War would be constructed in the parliament by October next.

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