BSS-44 PM-RECEPTION 3 LAST BEIJING

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PM-RECEPTION 3 LAST BEIJING

The prime minister said Bangladesh is not only maintaining tremendous GDP growth, the per capita income has also increased to US Dollar 1909 and “we’ll cross US Dollar 2000 soon.”

Sheikh Hasina said her government has been able to bring down poverty rate to 21 percent which was 51 percent in 1981 and 41 percent till 2006.

“Our target is now to cut the poverty rate to 16/17 percent … Bangladesh will be freed from poverty Inshallah,” she said.

The prime minister said extreme poverty rate has been reduced to 11 percent and “our goal is to slash the rate to seven percent.”

Sheikh Hasina said the nation will celebrate the birth centenary of Bangabandhu in 2020 and golden jubilee of independence in 2021.

“We want to build such a Bangladesh where there will be no hunger and poverty,” she said.

The prime minister said there are some people in the country who do not feel comfort in anything.

“Whatever work we did, they did not feel good about it … are they blind and not having intelligence and knowledge and what is their motive?,” she said.

In this connection, Sheikh Hasina said their main motive is that they do not like democracy as they are not evaluated if democratic atmosphere exists.

“They’re evaluated when the martial law and emergency are imposed and anybody usurps power by violating constitution,” she said.

The prime minister said Bangladesh is being acclaimed across the globe due to its stunning development.

“But we’ll have to retain the success and it will not be proper to sit (idle) by hearing the appreciation … we’ve to move forward further and do more work, give more labour,” she said.

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