POST TIME: 14 November, 2019 11:18:21 PM
Poverty gets nurtured thru’ microcredit: PM
BSS, Dhaka

Poverty gets
nurtured thru’
microcredit: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said some people have earned name and fame by introducing themselves as proponent of microcredit, but reality is that the people of Bangladesh could not get benefit to that extent through it. “Once upon a time we saw that some people tried to take applause with microcredit and we had extended support to it as we thought the people will be lifted out of the poverty line,” she said.

She continued: “But when we thought the issue deeply, we saw that poverty alleviation is not possible through it, rather it (poverty alleviation) is nurtured.”

The prime minister made the remarks while inaugurating ‘Development Fair-2019’ organised by the Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC).

The premier pointed out that Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had launched the microcredit scheme in the country after independence through Bangladesh

Rural Development Board (BRDB) to boost production of agriculture products and market those properly by uniting the people through cooperatives.

In this connection, she said some people, however, have earned name and fame by introducing themselves as proponent of the microcredit. “But reality is that the people of Bangladesh couldn’t get benefit from it to that extent,” she added.

The PKSF has arranged the seven-day ‘Development Fair-2019’ with a view to expanding the market of products made by marginal people and participants of different programmes of PKSF.

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal was present as the special guest at the inaugural function of the fair, while PKSF Chairman Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad presided over it.

PKSF Managing Director Mohammad Moinuddin Abdullah delivered the welcome address at the function.

Ministers, advisers to the prime minister, parliament members, diplomats, distinguished persons and high civil and military officials were also present at the function.

At the function, lifetime achievement award was given to former agriculture minister Begum Matia Chowdhury for her outstanding contributions to the development of agriculture, ensuring welfare of the farmers and alleviating poverty.

Matia Chowdhury received the award — a citation, crest and a cheque of Taka 50,000 — from the prime minister.

Terming poverty as the main enemy of this region including Bangladesh, the prime minister called upon all to fight together against it.

“Our main enemy is poverty. So we’ve to fight poverty and free the people from it,” she said.

Mentioning that Bangladesh Awami League has been working for the wellbeing of the people, Sheikh Hasina said the government has adopted work plans to achieve its goal of eliminating poverty from the country.

“When we were in the opposition we also set the same target,” she said.

The prime minister said her government when first assumed office in 1996 had taken long, short and immediate work plans to achieve the goal.

“We enacted the fifth five-year plan and 10-year perspective plan and started their implementation to expedite the country’s development by alleviating poverty and disparity among the people,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said after coming to power again in 2009, her government had framed the sixth five-year plan keeping consistency with the millennium development goals (MDGs).

“Later, we framed the seventh five-year plan and the 10-year perspective plan and we’re executing these plans … we’ve also taken preparations to enact the 8th five-year plan, while a draft has been prepared for 20-year perspective plan (2021-2041),” she said.

The premier added: “We’ve been working to build a developed and prosperous Bangladesh by freeing it from hunger and poverty.”

Sheikh Hasina also said the government is undertaking every development scheme and step to make the uplift sustainable and achieve the SDGs.

The prime minister said Bangladesh was once identified as a country of drought, flood and hunger.

“But now none can look down upon Bangladesh as a poor country We have emerged as a respectable nation in the world due to massive development in the last one decade,” she said.