Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India has been very successful and fruitful, said Awami League Joint General Secretary, Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud. He said that the biggest achievement among them is the opportunity to export Bangladeshi products including clothes to any third country without duty through India.
The information minister said this 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 afternoon.
In the speech of the chief guest. Hasan Mahmud said, our relationship with India is based on fairness. Our government has taken everything from India. In 1974 the Enclave Agreement was signed. No one could bring that enclave to our possession in four decades. They could not say which country they were from. Sheikh Hasina’s government has brought the enclaves into our possession. It is a great proof that the relationship is based on justice, we have won the maritime boundary case with India in the international court.
He said, out of thousands of products of Bangladesh, India has given us tariff benefits 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. Bangabandhu’s daughter Sheikh Hasina has also earned that.
Expressing gratitude to the Prime Minister for visiting India and bringing many things for Bangladesh, the Information Minister said that while the BNP has said various things about this visit to India, it must have been silent now. But still BNP’s Fakhrul sahib will say something nowadays. But this visit of the Prime Minister has been very fruitful.
Bangladesh Journalist Welfare Trust has been established by Bangabandhu’s daughter, commenting Dr. Hasan Mahmud said, the demand of the journalists was to form a welfare fund. First a welfare fund was formed. Later, the Prime Minister said, I don’t know how long I will stay in power, I want to make a permanent arrangement. It is in his interest that the Journalists Welfare Trust is an institution chartered by an Act passed by the Parliament. Where the government gives grants every year. There is also an opportunity to accept donations from well-wishers.
Dr. Hasan Mahmud said, we never see any party or opinion in the distribution of welfare trust checks. 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 and brought down the government tomorrow, we also helped them from Kalyan Trust.
The Information Minister requested that every media house across the country, including Dhaka-Chittagong, should arrange group insurance for journalists. Said, this is also stated in our wage board. Unions of journalists will urge every media house to arrange group insurance for journalists as per Wageboard. By doing this, a journalist will get paid from the insurance company if they get sick and die. It doesn’t cost much, it’s a matter of desire and practice.
In the event, 36 journalists of Chittagong were handed over a donation check of Tk 34 lakh.
Dhaka Times/09 September/ES