The ongoing vaccination drive will be gradually expanded to cover all Bangladeshi citizens, says Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The government has been working for long to ensure vaccines for free, she said on Sunday while addressing an event to mark the signing of the Annual Performance Agreement (APA) of ministries.
The event was held at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital with the premier joining it virtually from her official residence Ganobhaban, reports UNB.
“We’ve taken measure so that everyone could get vaccines gradually, we’ve started giving vaccines; it’s coming. We’ll procure all the vaccines that will be needed for the people of the country. We want no one to be left out from the vaccination,” the report quoted her saying.
As coronavirus is a global problem, Bangladesh alone has nothing to do, said the prime minister.
“We’re trying to contain the spread of the virus, protect lives and livelihoods keeping the socioeconomic condition moving,” she said.
The prime minister thanked the administration, law enforcement agencies and armed forces for their courageous role. “They worked in a very extra-ordinary situation. Or else, the situation could have been much worse.”
Amid the pandemic, the government aims to make sure that the people must not suffer in any way, said Hasina. “So, the government has fulfilled their demand for food and is providing medical facilities and assisting them economically to get rid of the curse of pandemic,” she added.
The government from the beginning of the pandemic started giving stimulus packages and announced 28 packages worth Tk 131,641 crore and implemented those, according to the prime minister
She thanked all for their sincere efforts which resulted in keeping the national economy moving since March 2020.
“Our aim is to build an administration that will serve people and ensure its accountability to people,” said PM Hasina.
Mentioning that remaining in power does not mean enjoying government facilities, Hasina said, “We’ve our responsibilities to the people. Our responsibilities are to ensure the welfare of people and their interests and change their fate,” she said.
The senior secretaries and secretaries in charge of different ministries and divisions forwarded a copy of their respective Annual Performance Agreement to the prime minister.
The cabinet secretary, on behalf of the prime minister, signed the APA.
Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq received the APA on behalf of the prime minister.
Under the agreement, the ministries will set their visions, missions and strategic goals in line with the development priorities of the government, take short- and long-term plans as per budgetary allocations.
The government introduced the method of the APA in the 2014-2015 fiscal year for the public sector to ensure institutional transparency, accountability, proper utilization of resources and, above all, enhancing the institutional efficiencies.