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Govt on the move to save rivers: State Minister

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

The government has taken up the challenge to protect the country’s rivers, announced the state minister for shipping, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, adding that the government never fails when it takes any issue seriously. Chowdhury was addressing a ‘March for the Rivers’ programme to mark ‘World River Day 2019’.

The National River Protection Commission (NRPC) and 70 social organisations jointly organised the programme titled ‘March for the Rivers’ in front of the National Museum in the city yesterday (Saturday).

NRPC chairman Dr Mujibur Rahman Hawlader, veteran columnist Syed Abul Maksud, the acting general secretary of the Bangladesh  Poribesh Andolon, Mihir Biswas, Dhaka Juba

Foundation president Shahidullah, Nongar chairman Shams Sumon, Nadi Pakhkha convener Yousuf Khan and Nagorik Udyog’s Mahbub Akhter also spoke on the occasion.

“The Awami League-led government took the initiative to protect the country’s rivers after assuming state power in 1996. But the initiative has interrupted because of various reasons. But now, the government has taken the issue as a challenge to protect the rivers at any cost,” Chowdhury said.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is very much committed in this respect, he said, adding that the department concerned is continuously working to prevent the encroachment of the country’s rivers and facing all challenges.

“We have to be cautious that the vested groups are not able to divert the eviction drive against encroachment as a political issue. We are also working so that the group is not able to interrupt our eviction drive after taking legal assistance,” the state minister said.

He said the government itself is in a movement to restore the country’s rivers.

The NRPC chairman said everybody should work unitedly to stop river pollution and encroachment.

“It is possible to protect the country’s rivers with the coordination of all organisations involved in the movement to protect the rivers. We need assistance to implement the river-related demands,” Dr Hawlader said. He urged all to mark the World River Day with the theme, ‘The river is a living entity and ensure its legal rights’.

Columnist Syed Abul Maksud said they were working to save the country’s rivers round the year. “It is necessary to create awareness against those who are involved in encroaching upon the rivers. It is a heinous crime to grab the rivers. It is possible to protect the rivers if the government and organisations involved in river protection movements work together,” he said.

The green activists have placed a four-point charter of demands before the government for its immediate implementation to protect the country’s rivers.

Every organisation will mark the World River Day today (Sunday) individually.

 

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