Dhaka, Bangladesh
PM directs drive to ensure public security

Targets: corruption, drugs, militancy

PM directs drive to ensure public security

News Desk Listing illicit drugs, terrorism, militancy and corruption as public security problems, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Sunday directed controlling these ills to ensure a sound environment for development. In her maiden meeting in the current term with the home ministry along with all internal security agencies associated with it, Sheikh Hasina noted that security of life and property is a prerequisite for development and doing business. "If we want to develop the country, we've to free it from drug abuse, terrorism, militancy and corruption...I ask the officials working in this ministry (Home) to give a special attention to these matters," she said. Her directions came in her introductory speech at the exchange-of-views meeting during her visit to the Ministry of Home Affairs. She said corruption has spread in society like a 'black disease' and this started when military dictators had ruled the country. Sheikh Hasina said once militancy had got indirect state patronage and wondered why the then governments had patronised militancy in the country. "We've to free this society from these black diseases--we'll do whatever needed for this...this is a need of the time," she told the meeting. The prime minister said the drive against drugs will continue and asked the home ministry to intensify the action. She also put emphasis on finding out the sources of drugs, their suppliers and carriers. "You've to take multifaceted steps in this regard." Sheikh Hasina also stressed giving scope to the addicts who want to return into the mainstream of society by giving up drugs. She also stressed a social campaign against the vices, and asked the ministry officials to create public awareness against drugs and militancy. This will be the best option to eliminate the menaces from society, she said. The prime minister also asked all to stay more alert about corruption as this evil puts hurdles on way to development of a society. She preferred the use of modern technologies to curb crimes and catch criminals. She said the world is adapting to newer technologies every day. She asked the officials concerned to find out the main reason why a person takes to criminal activities, and bring back them into the mainstream of society though rehabilitation. Terming traffic congestion a big problem, she said both drivers and people are responsible for the traffic snarls. She requested people to use footbridges or underpasses and obey traffic rules to avoid accidents on roads. Now that a special traffic-management campaign is on stream, the prime minister directed the police to take steps so that people follow traffic rules properly. (Inputs taken from UNB, media reports)

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