Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday asked the country’s youths to shun the path of drug abuse, militancy, extremism and terrorism, and make the best use of their talents for the welfare of themselves, their own families and the country.”I ask the youth to stay away from drugs, militancy, terrorism and extremism, utilise your talents and power to develop your own lives, your families, and it’ll help develop the country as well,” she said.The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating the National Youth Day 2016 at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the city.Department of Youth Development organised the programme with State Minister for Youth and Sports Dr Biren Sikder in the chair.Sheikh Hasina said she does not want youths to go to wrong paths and become the burdens of sorrow of their parents.
“Youths must refrain from drugs, terrorism, extremism and militancy because these menaces never drive anyone to a healthy way; and these will never let anyone to go to heaven.”Pointing to the recent trend of extremism and terrorism in the name of Islam across the globe, the Prime Minister said there is no scope of terrorism and militancy in Islam. “Islam is the religion of peace, this religion never permits anyone to kill people, all have to remember this,” she said.Sheikh Hasina mentioned that those who are killing people creating religious madness will never get place in heaven. “Hell will be their last destination.”Sheikh Hasina said the country’s youths can work with confidence and get the scope to flourish their talents and creativity then they can do anything. “We can build the country as developed and prosperous one with their talents … I’ve that belief.”She also said the skill, merit and creativity of youths are needed to make the country middle-income one by 2021 and the most developed and prosperous one in South Asia by 2041. “You’ll have to build yourselves like that way and we want that.”The Prime Minister said the country’s youths have to play the key role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations.Hasina said her government would be able to build ‘Sonar Bangla’ (golden Bengal) as dreamt by the greatest Bangalee of all time and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, utilising immense potentials of youth.She said the youths, who constitute one-third of the country’s total population, is the driving force of the nation, valuable asset of the country and symbol of dream and potentials of people.Hasina said the present government has been implementing a number of programmes to create leadership, generate patriotism and sense of responsibility among the youth through education, training and employment.The Prime Minister directed the Ministry of Youth and Sports to increase training allowance to Tk 100 from the existing Tk 40 a day.She also mentioned various programmes including establishment of Karmasongsthan Bank undertaken by her government to make the youths as self-employed as well as to develop them with necessary training to work at both home and abroad.Hasina said the unemployed educated youths could take loans from Karmasangthan Bank up to Tk two lakh without any collateral and they can utilize it for their self-employment.Besides, she said, necessary trainings on various trades are being imparted to the youths for their self-employment and also for creating job opportunities.Later, the Prime Minister enjoyed a cultural programme presented by artistes of Bangladesh Shilpikala Academy.This year’s theme of the day is ‘Self-employed youth force, foundation of the sustainable development’.Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports Arif Khan Joy, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Youth and Sports Ministry Zahid Ahsan Russel, secretary Kazi Akhter Uddin Ahmed, award recipients Amio Chakrawarty and Sultana Bobby, and director general of the Department of Youth Development Anwarul Karim also spoke at the programme.The Prime Minister handed over National Youth Award to 19 youths for their contributions to establishing self-employment projects.