BNP becomes perplexed seeing AL’s relief activities: Hasan
DHAKA, April 21, 2020 (BSS) – Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud today said BNP is talking in a perplexed way at seeing the countrywide relief activities being carried out by Awami League alongside the government.
“BNP is talking in a perplexed way at seeing the countrywide relief activities being carried out by Awami League alongside the government,” he said, referring to BNP’s adverse remarks over the relief activities.
Hasan, also ruling AL’s joint general secretary, came up with the statement after exchanging views with Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) leaders at AL president’s Dhanmondi political office this evening, said a press release here.
Noting that the government has brought over one third population of the country under different assistance programmes to combat the pandemic COVID-19, the information minister said, “On the other hand, before few days, we saw BNP distributing relief among Chhatra Dal at Titumir College”.
“Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said that they are distributing relief goods across the country, but the countrymen cannot see their relief activities,” Hasan said, adding that different questions are being raised through the social media on to whom they (BNP) are distributing relief.
The AL joint general secretary said the government is providing 30 kg rice per month at Taka 10 per kg to some 50 lakh families for a period of seven months a year while the government is also going to issue ration cards for 50 lakh more families, covering 5 crore people of one crore families under the programme.
Besides, the government is also providing assistances to one crore more people under the social safety net programme, he added.
Not only in present time, AL always stood by people during any disaster whatever the party was in power or in opposition, Hasan said, adding but BNP is still now busy in flaunt photo session.
“There are around 72,000 local government representatives, including in city corporations, districts, upazilas and union parishads, across the country. Against this large number, the incident of irregularities (in relief distribution) is proportionately one in about per 2,000,” he said, adding that but no such incident is expected at all.
As per the Prime Minister’s directives trials of those involved in irregularities are being held through mobile courts initially, the information minister said, adding that they (offenders) also would not be spared from regular cases.