Orphans are my “most near and dear ones”: PM


Dhaka, Aug 14: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today described the orphans as her “most near and dear ones” and vowed to build a beautiful future for them.

“I want to tell you (one thing) that you’re not orphans and helpless …you’re my most near and dear ones. Our government since assuming office always remains beside you and as long as I remain alive, I’ll also stay by you,” she said, BSS reported.

The premier added: “There are efforts of mine always to build a beautiful future for you.”

Referring to the assassination of her parents and most of her family members on the fateful night of August 15 in 1975, Sheikh Hasina said: “Naturally, we understand very well the pain of the orphans as we have become orphans (through the August 15 carnage).”

“You’re not alone. I remain beside you and I and my younger sister always think about your welfare,” she said in an emotion-charged voice.

The prime minister was addressing a function marking the completion of recitation of holy Quran for 50,000 times by the children of 85 ‘Shishu Paribar’ and six ‘Shishu Nibash’ across the country on the occasion of Mujib Borsho as well as a milad and doa mahfil on the occasion of the 45th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

The Social Welfare Ministry and the Social Welfare Department arranged the programme at the office of the Social Welfare Department at Agargaon in the capital.

The prime minister joined and addressed the event through a videoconference from her official Ganabhaban residence here this morning.

Sheikh Hasina mentioned that they celebrate birthday of their children, grandchildren, and martyred brothers by taking with orphans.

“We don’t arrange any feast or birthday party on the occasion. We observe it by taking with the children like you. Whatever we could we send to the orphanages … we send food there (on the occasion),” she said.

She went on saying:”We realise that there is no benefit to organize (birthday) party. It’ll be the biggest work, if we could put something in the mouth of the orphans. We’re working in this way.”

Pointing out that her mother used to do same work, the prime minister said her mother used to send food and provide assistance to the orphanages on the occasion of the birthday of their all family members.

Social Welfare Minister Nuruzzaman Ahmed addressed the function from the Social Welfare Department, while State Minister of the Ministry Md Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru was present.

Secretary of the ministry Mohammad Zainul Bari presided over the function while two children of government Shishu Paribar Samia Akter and Bijoy Islam also spoke.

PM’s Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Secretary Tofazzel Hossain Mian and Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim, among others, were present at Ganabhaban.