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Bangabandhu tried his best to make economic turnaround: Kamal

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  • 23 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bangabandhu tried his best to make economic turnaround: Kamal

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Bangabandhu had tried wholeheartedly to make a turnaround of the country from a devastated situation as he had started from the ashes of debris of Liberation War, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said on Sunday.

“The damages of war-ravaged country was enormous. According to Bangladesh Bank, Bangladesh then had only Tk 40 million while there was no foreign currency reserve,” he said.

"The people of Bangladesh are now enjoying the benefit of the epoch making steps which he had taken earlier," he added.

Kamal was virtually addressing a programme of Bangladesh Insurance Association (BIA) organised marking Bangabandhu’s 46th assassination day.

He said the country's economy and development are now standing on that solid ground where Bangabandhu had laid the strong foundation of building "Sonar Bangla".

He also called upon all to take pledge to turn Bangladesh into a happy and prosperous country under the able leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Presided over by BIA President Sheikh Kabir Hossain, Dr Md Abdus Sahid, MP, Awami League Advisory Council member Mozaffar Hossain Paltu and other BIA members attended the programme.

In a separate discussion programme event of Finance Division, Financial Institutions Division and Internal Resources Division (IRD) Kamal today said that August is the month of mourning for the Bengali nation while the nation is also carrying the unbearable memory of losing Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

"The Pakistani occupation forces didn't dare to touch Bangabandhu despite he was in their jail.  But he (Bangabadhu) and most of his family members were killed brutally on the soil of independent Bangladesh," he said.

At the event, Finance Secretary Abdur Rouf Talukder gave the address of welcome while Internal Resources Division Senior Secretary and NBR Chairman Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem and outgoing Financial Institutions Division Senior Secretary Ashadul Islam spoke as special guests.

The finance secretary said Bangabandhu wanted to give economic emancipation to people alongside the geographic freedom.

Immediately after his return to Bangaldesh on January 10, 1972, Bangabandhu started started from zero and formulated the first five-year plan to give shape of the country’s socioeconomic development, he also said.

NBR chairman said if development indicators after independence are looked at, it will be found that the Bangabandhu initiated development activities started showing a bullish trend from 2010.

Financial institutions division secretary added that Bangabandhu formulated master plans for financial sector within a very short time after independence.

Kamal said from 1947 to 1971, Bangabandhu was in the front in each and every movement while he led the movement for the country's independence.

The Finance Minister said Bangabandhu was in prison for some 4,682 days as well as he embraced unprecedented torture while leading the movement for students’ rights, language movement, movement for realizing six-point demand, mass upsurge in 1969, the general election of 1970, and the country's war of liberation in 1971.