Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday hoped that the army will be there with the people, whenever necessary, in running the country by the government.
“This is my firm belief that the army will be there on the side of people whenever it will be needed for running the country by the present government… You have to keep in mind that this is our country and the people of this country are also ours,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina was addressing a programme arranged at Dhaka Cantonment marking the inauguration of 27 big and small development projects in various cantonments, including Dhaka.
The PM also asked the army to always remain alert to face any sort of threat from internal or external sources, to protect the country's sacred constitution and its sovereignty.
She mentioned that the government always wants to run the country as a servant of the people, and never as a ruler.
Hasina hoped that the members of the Army will work with utmost sincerity keeping their confidence in their seniors and maintaining mutual trust, sense of responsibility, dutifulness and discipline.
She also highly praised the army's role in distribution of relief materials among Rohingyas and construction of shelter centres and providing medicare facilities to them, and said their immense contributions have brightened the country's image abroad.
Hasina also praised their people-oriented activities like construction of various development projects including highways, flyovers, bridges and other establishments across the country.
The premier said the government is determined to develop a modern and smart armed force.
Forces Goal-2030 has been formulated to this end which is being implemented in phases, she added.
Hasina said Bangladesh has now become self-reliant in food production with the coordinated efforts of all.
She also said her government is fully aware of ensuring food security for all.
Earlier, she digitally inaugurated 27 recently-completed development projects, including newly built cancer centre, fertility centre, officers' club and edible oil mill.
Army chief Abu Belal Muhammad delivered the welcome address at the function. Four video documentaries on the 27 recently-completed development projects were also screened.