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Battle against graft

AL govt committed to fighting corruption with zero tolerance in next 5 years
Abu Jakir, Dhaka
Battle against graft

The new Awami League (AL)-led government’s main objective is to fight corruption in the next five years to turn Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s vision of ‘Sonar Bangla’ into reality. Party insiders say the Sheikh Hasina administration is committed to curbing corruption by any means.

They also say the government will work towards ensuring a better life for common people by implementing the AL's election promises one after another.

In its 21-point charter of pledges, the AL vowed to show zero tolerance for corruption, make a stronger electoral system through reforms, alleviate poverty, create jobs, ensure a service-oriented and accountable administration, and put more focus on infrastructure development. One of the major promises was to turn villages into townships by ensuring civic amenities for grassroots people. The party also promised to create jobs for 1.28 crore youths, including overseas jobs for 1,000 youths from each upazila.

“Our main challenge is to curb corruption by establishing the rule of law and to implement promises mentioned in the party’s election manifesto in the next five years,” said AL general secretary Obaidul Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister,  yesterday.

Talking to the media, Quader said the government will work for the betterment of the people by upholding the ideology of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s ideology.

“Our government will always stand by the people and work for them to ensure a better life for them,” he added.

On Monday, a 47-member new cabinet, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, was sworn in at Bangabhaban.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has already called upon her cabinet members to work with sincerity to continue the development works across the country.  Even Before the December 30 general election, she promised the ‘zero tolerance’ policy against corruption

upon reelection. Several leaders

and ministers told The Independent that they will help Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the battle against corruption.

AL joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif said the current government’s main objective is to free Bangladesh from the curse of corruption.

“The government is working to take the country forward. And that’s why it will continue the ongoing development spree. It aims to make the country a middle income state by 2021 and a developed one by 2041 by implementing its election manifesto gradually,” he added.

All the first-time ministers have vowed to discharge their duties with honesty and sincerity.  AL organising secretary AKM Enamul Haque Shamim, who got a place in the new cabinet for the first time as deputy minister for water resources, said that he would try to work with utmost honesty, sincerity and loyalty to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina even at the cost of his life.

Shamim also said that he would try to save all the vulnerable areas, especially from river erosion, in different parts of the country.  

AL lawmaker Tipu Munshi, who has been inducted in the cabinet as commerce minister, said he will try to discharge his duties with utmost sincerity.

“I would like to thank to our leader, Sheikh Hasina, for selecting me in her cabinet. I will try my best to fulfil leader’s dream of turning Bangladesh into a developed state,” he added.

The AL sealed victory in the national polls for the third consecutive time, securing a two-thirds majority. Out of the total 298 seats, the AL-led alliance won in 288 constituencies, with the ruling party itself winning in 259 seats.

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