Social safety strategy plays important role in poverty reduction: Speaker

Special Correspondent

20 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on Wednesday said the government’s social safety strategy is playing an important role in eliminating poverty from the country.

“The philosophy of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was to bring smile in the faces of the distressed people. In implementation of the philosophy, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has relentlessly been working to implement the social safety strategy taken by the present government,” she said while addressing a workshop arranged to inform the newly elected members of parliament about the national social safety strategy.

Parliament Secretariat and the Cabinet Division jointly organized the workshop at Parliament Secretariat. Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah and Chief Whip Noor-E-Alam Chowdhury were present as the special guests at the function presided over by Cabinet Secretary Shafiul Alam.

The Speaker said the allocation for social safety net has increased to some 74,000 crore in the proposed budget for 2019-20 fiscal year.

The government has taken measures so that large number of women gets benefits under the social safety net, she said.

“The social safety system has been able to keep effective contribution in reduction of poverty, inequality, development of human resources, creation of jobs and economic growth,” she went on.

The Speaker said the poverty rate came down to 21 percent from 40 percent under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Pointing at the MPs, the Speaker said the members of parliament play important roles in implementation of different field-level programmes under the social safety net.

She hoped that the MPs will monitor so that the benefits of the social safety programmes reached to the real poor.

Member of the Planning Commission Shamsul Alam, Senior Secretary (Reform and Coordination) of the Cabinet Division Shamsul Arefin and Principal Coordinator on SDGs Affairs at the Prime Minister’s Office Abul Kalam Azad made presentation over national social safety strategy, action plan and social safety related to SDGs issues.

Four whips Atiur Rahman Atik, Iqbalur Rahim, Mahbub Ara Begum Gini and Shamsul Hoque Chowdhury, and Senior Secretary of Parliament Secretariat Zafar Ahmed Khan were present.

A total of 103 newly elected MPs took part in the workshop, said a Parliament handout.