Staying beside people in dire need is AL’s heritage: Quader

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DHAKA, June 29, 2020 (BSS) – Awami League bears the heritage of staying beside people by extending helping hands to them in their dire needs throughout the party’s long journey of over seven decades since its inception in 1949, party’s general secretary Obaidul Quader said today.

“Awami League always extends its helping hands to people in any crisis. It attained people’s trust and confidence in its long journey of seven decades by staying beside them in their well and woes and that is why it attained the status of a pro-people party,” he said.

Quader, also minister for road transport and bridges, came up with the comments this afternoon as he joined a videoconference, from his residence, of a food-distribution programme at Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) on Dhaka University campus.

Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU) member and an activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Tanvir Hasan Saikat spearheaded the programme for the distressed and destitute people of two-time meals in a day for the last 100-day since the outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19).

The AL general secretary said his party leaders and workers stayed beside people during the crisis triggered by coronavirus outbreak pushing their lives at risk and that is why a large number of party men as well as leaders and workers of its associate and like-minded bodies got infected by the deadly virus.

“Several thousand leaders and workers across the country including six leaders of the AL Central Working Committee, cabinet members and party lawmakers got infected by the coronavirus while several leaders embraced the death,” he said.

Quader said party leaders and workers and public representatives have distributed food aids along with more than Taka 10 crore cash aid to over 1.25 crore families while protective glasses, masks, personal protective equipment (PPE), soaps, sanitizers and sprays were also distributed.

“Today it is being stated that foods reach every house. But we are also working on reaching foods to those who don’t have houses,” he said urging the youths especially the leaders and workers of BCL to make proper lists of those who don’t have homes, those who live under flyovers, on streets or footpaths to reach the services to them.

He also urged the health department to reach services in a coordinated way as none has to run from hospital to hospital for treatment and nobody is denied medical services.