Lawmakers both from treasury and opposition benches on Tuesday expressed their firm hope that the dream project Padma Bridge would be opened to traffic much ahead of the schedule in fulfilment of the commitment of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
They also said that Bangladesh would become a middle-income country before 2021 as the present government is relentlessly working towards advancing the national economy in a faster pace by speeding up development in all sectors.
The lawmakers made these observations while taking part in a discussion on the President’s speech in the parliament saying, his 114-page statement has amply focused upon the tremendous development already done in the overall economy during the last seven years.
Earlier, they paid their heartfelt tribute to the memory of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibbur Rahman, four national leaders, martyred freedom fighters and also those who made their supreme sacrifices during the War of Liberation and all subsequent democratic movements in the country.
They said President Md Abdul Hamid through his speech on January 20 in 2016, on the first day of the ninth session of the 10th parliament, highlighted different positive aspects in social, political and economic sectors that set Bangladesh in motion on the wheels of a faster growth.
During their speeches, the lawmakers termed the President’s speech as a proper documentation of the government development activities on the basis of future plans to turn Bangladesh into a developed country by 2041.
Treasury bench members Golam Mostafa, Sohrab Uddin, Shafiqul Islam Shimul, Noorunnabi Chowdhury, Syeda Saira Mohsin, Mahbub Ali, Begum Pinu Khan, Begum Ayesha Ferdous, Begum Rahima Akhter, and opposition member Shahnara Begum, Jatiya Party member M Ruhul Amin took part in the discussion with Deputy Speaker M Fazley Rabbi Miah in the chair, according to a news agency.-