The government will distribute an amount of Taka 40 lakh in cash and 4,000 sewing machines among poor throughout the country marking 91st birth anniversary of Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib to be celebrated home and abroad as the National Day.
"Out of the Taka 40 lakh, 2,000 distressed and helpless women will get Taka 2,000 each and 4,000 sewing machines also will be disbursed among poor women throughout the country," said an official release.The announcement came in an inter-ministerial meeting virtually held on Wednesday with State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Fazilatunnesa Indira in the chiar.
To mark the birth anniversary of Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib on August 8, the Bangamata National Day and the padak distribution ceremony will be held in a befitting manner, according to the decision of the meeting.
"The government has decided to announce Bangamata's birth day as the national day. Initiative has been taken to distribute 'Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib Padak' among women entrepreneurs acknowledging their contributions to various sectors in the country as an supreme national award for the women," said the meeting.
The main theme of the day is "Bangamata Sangkate Sangrame Nirbik Sahajatri."
At the national level programme, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will attend the programme as the chief guest. The programme will be celebrated virtually connecting directly between Ganobhaban, Osmani Memorial Hall and the Deputy Commissioner's office of Gopalganj.
Dr Syed Anwar Hossain will read out the keynote speech at the function. The live programme will be broadcasted in Bangladesh Television and online social media. Elaborate programmes have been taken to observe the function at the division, district and upazila level.Apart from this, the programme will also be celebrated at foreign missions and embassies in a befitting manner.
To mark the national day, maximum five Bangladeshi women will get 'Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib Padak' for their outstanding contribution to eight various spheres. Each recipient will get a medal made of 40 grams gold, padak replica, Taka 4 lakh and recognition letter.
Besides, steps have been taken to decorate street and its adjacent islands, installation of billboard, publication of souvenir and supplementary, preparation and distribution of posters in Bangla and English , display of life-based documentaries of Bangamata, distribution of digital greeting cards and sending SMS over mobile phone to mark the day.
Various departments including Cabinet division, Foreign Ministry, Public Security Division, Power Division, Health Services Division, Housing and Public Works Ministry, Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, ICT division, Bangladesh Computer Council, Dhaka North City Corporation, Dhaka South City Corporation, Dhaka Metropolitan Police, representatives from Dhaka divisional commissioner's office, different agency chief under the ministry of Women and Children Affairs and Deputy Commissioner of Gopalganj were virtually connected to the inter-ministerial meeting.
Women and Children Affairs Secretary M Sayedul Islam moderated the function.