Chittagong Bureau: Awami League Joint General Secretary Information and Broadcasting Minister has described what Bangladesh got during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India. Hasan Mahmud. Mentioning a ‘successful visit to India’, he also thanked the Prime Minister for bringing a lot to Bangladesh.
The information minister said these things at the check distribution ceremony of Bangladesh Journalist Welfare Trust organized by Chittagong Journalist Union (CUJ) at S Rahman Hall of Chittagong Press Club on Friday (September 9).
According to the statement of the Information Minister, the biggest achievement of the Prime Minister’s visit to India is to get the opportunity to export Bangladeshi garment products to third countries free of duty using Indian land. Among the thousand products of Bangladesh, India has given tariff benefits to Bangladesh on all other products, except for only twenty products including drugs.
In the Chief Guest’s speech, the Information Minister said, ‘Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India was very successful and fruitful. Among these, the biggest achievement is the opportunity to export Bangladesh’s garment products to third countries duty-free using India’s land, for which Bangladesh has been striving for many years. Out of thousands of Bangladeshi products, India has given us tariff concessions on all other products, except for only twenty products including drugs, which BNP could not collect.’
Khaleda Zia went to India and forgot to talk about our Ganga water supply. Sheikh Hasina has also earned that. Our relations with India are based on fairness. Our government has taken everything from India. In 1974 the Enclave Agreement was signed. No one could claim our rights in that enclave in four decades. The enclave residents could not tell which country they belonged to. Sheikh Hasina’s government has brought the enclaves into our possession. It is a great proof that the relationship is based on fairness, we have won the maritime boundary by suing India in the international court.’
Mentioning the very good relations between Bangladesh and India, the minister said, ‘The relations have reached new heights under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The proof of this is to create the opportunity to export Bangladeshi products duty-free to third countries by using the land of India.
Criticizing BNP, he said, ‘Prime Minister has brought many things for Bangladesh by successfully visiting India. But BNP has said many things about this visit to India, now it must have gone silent. But still BNP’s Fakhrul Sahib will say something nowadays. But the Prime Minister’s visit has been very fruitful.’
Mentioning the Journalist Welfare Trust as a place of hope for journalists, the Information Minister said, ‘If a journalist dies, his family is given a lump sum of three lakh rupees. If a journalist is sick, he is given a grant of fifty thousand to two lakh rupees. The government has given assistance to 4000 journalists through the trust during the corona crisis. We never look at any party or opinion in the distribution of welfare trust cheques. I belong to the party, I am the minister of the party government, but when I am performing the duties of the state, I try to see everyone equally, so that everyone gets the help of the state. Those who stood in front of the press club and raised their voices against us to bring down the government tomorrow, we also helped them from Kalyan Trust.
The Information Minister has requested that every media organization across the country, including Dhaka-Chittagong, arranges group insurance for journalists.
During this time, 36 journalists of Chittagong were given a donation check of 34 lakh taka.
Under the chairmanship of CIU President Mohammad Ali and joint secretary Sabur Shubor, Managing Director of Bangladesh Journalist Welfare Trust Subhash Chand Badal, President of Chittagong Press Club Ali Abbas, Vice President of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists Shahidul Alam, General Secretary of CIU M. Shamsul Islam, Trust Member Kalim Sarwar, Press Club General Secretary Chowdhury Farid.