Sheikh Hasina’s call for activists to join the pension scheme


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged party leaders and workers to join the pension scheme. He said, those who are involved in our politics need to enter the universal pension scheme. Then at least there will be a certainty of life. No one has to wait in old age. Boys and girls will not be burdened, they can eat by themselves.

He made this call at a discussion meeting on the occasion of the founding anniversary of Bangladesh Jubo Mahila League at Ganobhaban on Sunday (July 7).

Sheikh Hasina said to the activists, universal pension scheme, we have given it for everyone. It was in our election manifesto, it was in the 2008 election manifesto. Only government employees get pension, rest are deprived. Universal pensions are arranged at different levels so that no one is deprived.

The Prime Minister told the present Yubo Mahila League leaders and activists that all the girls of the Yubo Mahila League can join this universal pension scheme for their future. When people become old, unable to work, there is a guaranteed income opportunity.

Sheikh Hasina said, there is an opportunity to make a living. We have given special incentives for those who are at the lowest level. Those who can do nothing, earn very little money. If they keep 500 rupees, then by giving another 500 rupees from the government, they should also get a good pension and get it for life.

The prime minister claimed that there is no justification for the children’s anti-quota movement by spoiling their education. He said the quota was stopped. But the judgment of the High Court was upheld. Children are protesting against the High Court’s verdict by spoiling their education. The High Court’s verdict is to protest against it like this, it is subjudice, because we cannot talk like this from the government. If the High Court gives judgment there (the solution also) has to come again from the High Court. But what is being done today in the name of movement is wasting the time of studies. I don’t think it makes any sense.

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He also said that we do not always follow the judgment of the High Court. But we saw that now the anti-quota movement is trying to build again. The children are now protesting against quota by spoiling their studies. Girls are also protesting there. Here is my question, how many of those who did the anti-quota movement earlier, took the public service commission exam, and how many passed.

Sheikh Hasina said that the quota was canceled once. But what is the result? If the Public Service Commission’s account is seen, it will be seen that the number of opportunities that girls used to get before having quota, but in these few years, they have not got any more. This is the reality, even in many districts, remote areas, the people of those areas have remained deprived. They are also not getting jobs. Because of such deprivation, someone filed a case, the High Court gave a verdict.

Stating that the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had taken various steps in the empowerment and progress of women, he said, Jubo Mahila League has always played a role in the movement and struggle. The organization has worked for the rights of the people of the country.

Commenting on the manner in which BNP was in power, it was not worthy of condemnation, he said that the party had only survived for one and a half months by stealing votes. BNP came to power in 2001 by guaranteeing the sale of gas. They have been ousted twice due to allegations of vote theft. The picture of BNP’s torture should be presented to the people. They are a cursed burden on society. They should be vigilant so that their torture does not return again.

Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Jubo Mahila League website on the occasion. Jubo Mahila League president Aleya Sarwar Daisy presided over the event along with general secretary Sharmin Sultana Lilly and central and metropolitan leaders and activists participated in the event.

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