Reiterating her government’s zero tolerance stance to rein in terrorism, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said the government will contain militancy and terrorism by any means.”We’ll surely eradicate militancy and terrorism whatever the name it takes. We won’t allow any sort of militancy and terrorism on the country’s soil,” she said.The Prime Minister was speaking at the first-ever ‘Public Administration Award’ giving ceremony among 30 officials and employees as well as institutions for their outstanding contributions to their respective fields.The prize-giving ceremony was held at Osmani Memorial Auditorium with Public Administration Minister Syed Asharaful Islam in the chair.
She asked the public servants to work keeping in mind that militancy and terrorism in any form will not be allowed on this land and have to resist the social menace.The Prime Minister also expressed her resolve to ensure peace and security of people. “We’ll have to work with this view in mind,” she told the public servants.Hasina said she has the belief that the government will be able to resist militancy and terrorism in the country. “We’ve already showed the world that we can do many things and Inshallah this time too we’ll be able to do this.”About the recent terror attacks at Gulshan in Dhaka and Sholakia in Kishoreganj, the Prime Minister said, “This is not the lessons of Islam that one will get ‘Hur-Pori’ by after killing human being.”Mentioning that the government is advancing towards the end of its current tenure, Hasina asked the public servants to be more sincere so that the development programmes that have been taken by the government could be completed quickly.”We’ve been given a five-year tenure… we’ve some thoughts to develop the country, we want to implement those thoughts, we want to advance the country by implementing those thoughts,” she added.On skill development of the public servants, the Prime Minister said the government, apart from providing them training at home, also has taken a step to send them abroad to receive modern training.”Providing services to people is your holy responsibility because your salaries and allowances come from the pockets of poor farmers and labourers…all that come from the hard-earned money of these sections of people,” Hasina said adding, “It’s the duty of the public servants to serve people, work for their welfare and development.”State Minister for Public Administration Ministry Ismat Ara Sadeq, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee for Public Administration Ministry HM Ashiqur Rahman, Cabinet Secretary Shafiul Alam and Public Administration Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury also spoke at the programme.