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Govt to mitigate Covid-hit people’s woes: PM

Updet: 1:46 am | June 11, 2020

DHAKA: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said her government is trying its best to mitigate the woes of the people hit hard by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

She said: “There is a huge population who remain out of the attention of the society….but we are trying our best to minimise their ordeal and sorrow by extending support to them in various ways.”

The prime minister was taking part in a discussion on an obituary reference brought by Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the inaugural sitting of the eighth session of the 11th parliament.

The Leader of the House also reiterated that she will continue to do everything necessary so that the people don’t go through hardship due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The eighth session which is also the budget session of the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) for the fiscal year (FY) 2020-’21 began this afternoon maintaining the health guidelines and social distancing in view of the COVID-19 situation in the country.

At the outset of the day’s proceedings, the Speaker brought the obituary reference on distinguished persons who died since the 7th session of the 11th Jatiya Sangsad.

Sheikh Hasina said she is not afraid of death and she returned to Bangladesh for doing something for the people of the country.

“I didn’t come here to survive, rather to sacrifice the life for the people. So, there is nothing to be afraid of here,” she said in response to a suggestion of Opposition Chief Whip Md Mashiur Rahman Ranga.

Ranga, joining the discussion, suggested that the Prime Minister can virtually join the parliament session through videoconference from her residence considering her safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

A one-minute silence was observed and a munajat offered seeking eternal peace of the departed souls. 

The Parliament later unanimously adopted the condolence motion expressing profound grief at the demise of the sitting MP and the noted personalities.