‘Lives and livelihoods must go together’

Staff Correspondent

1 June, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Despite bitter criticism for reopening all sectors amid the ongoing wave of the coronavirus pandemic, governing Awami League leaders Saturday night said the government took the decision to protect lives of people and revive the economy.

People have been coming out of their homes to meet their daily needs and the government has been left with no alternatives but to lift general holidays, they said while addressing the AL’s ongoing webinar titled ‘Beyond the Pandemic’.

“We have to save the lives of people and keep the wheels of the economy running,” AL presidium member Jahangir Kabir Nanak said. He also stressed the need for raising awareness among people to contain the ongoing wave of the coronavirus transmission.

The offices reopened Sunday on a limited scale as the government issued an order on Thursday easing an ongoing nationwide shutdown to revive the economy and help people get rid of the ongoing hardship caused by COVID-19.

“It is our responsibility to raise awareness so that they go by the health guidelines,” Nanak said.

Prime Minister’s Special Assistant Barrister Shah Ali Farhad conducted the third episode styled ‘Reopening Economic Activities following Health Regulations: Reality and Challenges’.

State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain, AL Finance and Planning Secretary Waseqa Ayesha Khan, Deputy Publicity and Publication Secretary Aminul Islam Amin, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, MP, and Ahasanul Islam Titu, MP, took part in the webinar.

The speakers also lauded Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina-led government for taking various measures to deal with the present situation. Addressing the programme, Farhad said Bangladesh would have to take the right decision as part of the global village.

“America, Germany, Spain and some South Asian countries are slowly opening up economic activities. Bangladesh is not isolated from those countries. Bangladesh must take the right decision,” he said.

When asked whether people would do work sticking to the health guidelines, AL Deputy Publicity and Publication Secretary Amin said lives and livelihood are interconnected.