Protect life, property

PM tells Ansar, VDP members

United News of Bangladesh . Gazipur
Prime minister Sheikh Hasiana visits stalls at Bangladesh Ansar and VDP Academy at Shafipur in Gazipur on Thursday. — New Age photo

Prime minister Sheikh Hasiana visits stalls at Bangladesh Ansar and VDP Academy at Shafipur in Gazipur on Thursday. — New Age photo

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday asked the members of Bangladesh Ansar and VDP to discharge their duties with utmost sincerity and courage to protect public life and property.
The prime minister was addressing the 36th National Rally of Bangladesh Ansar and Village Defence Party at Yead Ali Parade Ground at Ansar-VDP Academy here.
Sheikh Hasina hoped that the members of this force will remain worthy partners and extend support in the future as they did in the past in turning Bangladesh into poverty and illiteracy-free middle-income country by 2021 and a modern technology-based prosperous developed country by 2041.
‘Through this, we’ll fulfil the dream of Bangabandhu in building Sonar Bangla,’ she added.
The prime minister handed over Bangladesh Ansar Medal (Bravery) to three Ansar personnel, President Ansar Medal (Bravery) to seven, Bangladesh VDP Medal (Bravery) posthumously to one, Bangladesh Ansar Medal (Services) to six, Bangladesh VDP Medal (Services) to six VDP members, President Ansar Medal (Services) to 37 Ansar personnel, President VDP Medal (Services) to 19 VDP members.
She also gave 17 gold medals, 25 silver medals and 21 bronze medals to the members of Bangladesh Ansar for their special contribution towards maintaining law and order situation and recovering arms.
Besides, special awards were given to 40 Ansar personnel for making special contributions towards maintaining law and order and arms recovery.
Later, she witnessed a cultural programme from the umbrella shade and the handicrafts produced by the Ansar and VDP members.
Terming Bangladesh Ansar and VDP a force that belongs to the common people, Hasina said this force has also immense importance as being the country’s biggest and grass root force.
She said, ‘Each member of this Ansar and VDP force is a partner to the march forward of the country’s development. Some, 42,000 Ansar members have also kept operational the activities of economically important establishment alongside ensuring overall security.’
The prime minister mentioned that the strong participation of Bangladesh Ansar at the recently formed Specialised Force Aviation Security to improve
security at the airports is a sign of professional excellence.
She said the Ansar members have been assisting in maintaining law and order through curbing terrorism in the country’s south western region while the officers of Ansar are working with reputation at RAB and Special Security Force.

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