Pleasant ‘Eid gift’ from the premier

16 May, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh is faced with two-pronged crisis due to COVID-19 pandemic. First, its weak healthcare system is already overwhelmed with coronavirus patients, and then millions of people are suffering from hunger as the low-income people like day labourers and maids were among the first to lose their jobs following the virulent viral outbreak.

However, it is reassuring that the government is making steady progress in its multi-pronged strategy to tackle the ongoing crisis. For example, constant efforts are underway to improvise testing and treatment capacities, feed the vulnerable groups and to prop up the macro and micro economy.

It is evident that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is leading from front and making a determined effort to stave off hunger and economic recession. In this respect, she is unveiling various governmental schemes almost every day, while holding regular video conference with admin officers, public representatives and health professionals.

In sequel to her endeveour, the premier on Thursday unveiled Tk 1,250 crore cash support scheme for 50 lakh poor families. Under the scheme, each family will receive Tk. 2,500 through mobile financial services before Eid-ul-Fitr. Moreover, she said all mosques of the country will receive some financial assistance before the Eid. In this difficult time this is like a pleasant Eid gift from the premier.

However, we must understand that given the widespread scale of this pandemic and enormity of the challenges at hand, only governmental measures will not be enough. The well off section of the society has to come forward. Some of them have already come forward indeed. The country’s largest business conglomerate Bashundhara group is a case in point. The group made generous donation to the PM’s relief fund, set up a huge field hospital and is donating food and personal safety equipment almost on daily basis.

Besides, our armed forces units, cricketers and many other public and private organisations rose up to the occasion to serve the cause of humanity. In a word, the way public and private organisations and some individuals came forward is truly remarkable. It seems the public health crisis has united the whole nation.