Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday warned the public servants of awarding tougher punishment for indulging in misdeeds.
“The way the reward will be given to you for good work, likewise harsh punishment must be awarded for misdeeds,” she said while virtually addressing a function of National Public Service Day and distribution of the Public Administration Award 2020 and 2021.
The Public Administration Ministry organised the programme at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital.
Hinting at the public servants, Sheikh Hasina said the government employees have a chance to know the problems of the people as they work at the field level.
“You can feel better than others how an area can be developed. I hope you will put special attention in serving the people and improving their lifestyle to realise the dream of Bangabandhu,” she said. Referring to the speech of the Father of the Nation, the premier called upon the government officials to work with professionalism, honesty and dedication for the welfare of the country and its people as serving the nation and the people is the biggest task.
Over the vaccination drive, the premier instructed the authorities concerned to inoculate the people massively with Covid-19 vaccines to ensure protection of all.
“We have started purchasing vaccines. Inoculation has already started. We have to ensure massive vaccination so that all the people of our country are protected [from coronavirus]. We have already given instruction to this end,” she said. The premier reiterated her vow to spend as much money as required to purchase the required doses of vaccines to make sure that none remains out of the inoculation.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is now advancing towards prosperity due to tireless efforts of the government officials despite some troubles created by Covid-19 pandemic. She asked the government officials to make people aware to abide by the health guidelines to check further transmission of the coronavirus.
Sheikh Hasina earlier unveiled covers of two memorial books, editions of writings of the public servants regarding initiatives taken by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mijibur Rahman for the development of the public administration.
Sheikh Hasina also highlighted the success of the digital Bangladesh initiative, saying it was the brainchild of her ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy.
The premier said running the state particularly in this corona pandemic situation could have been impossible had digital Bangladesh not been implemented.
Sheikh Hasina said that today (July 27) was a special day for her as her only son Joy was born on this day in 1971.
On behalf of the premier, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque distributed gold medals, cheques, crests and certificates among the winners of the Public Administration Awards of 2020 and 2021.
As many as 10 awards were given to the officials while one to an organisation at the national level and five awards among officials at the district level for 2020 while 11 awards were given to officials and two organisations at the national level and seven awards to the officials at the district level for 2021.
State Minister for Public Administration Ministry Farhad Hossain and Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam also spoke at the function.