Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the officials to be more conscious in implementing social welfare activities of the government and make sure that no children remain without food and shelter.
"We don't want any child to roll on the street without shelter, or any person to live on the footpath. We want to provide everyone with a home and fulfill basic needs," she told officials of the social welfare ministry, adding that they should be more attentive to this intent.
The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating the National Social Welfare Week-2015 at a function at Osmani Memorial Hall here on Saturday.
Sheikh Hasina said the government has initiated massive programmes for welfare of the ultra poor, the disabled, widows and shelterless persons.
These programmes have an immense role in poverty alleviation and in establishing a welfare state, she said urging the officials of the ministry to come up with new ideas and programmes which would bring more benefit for the people.
Social Welfare Minister Syed Mohsin Ali presided over the function while chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Social Welfare Dr Mozammel Hossain was present as special guest.
Secretary of the ministry Nasima Begum and Director General of the Social Welfare Department Saidur Rahman also spoke on the occasion.
Sheikh Hasina said her government taking office in 1996 had unfolded many epoch making social welfare programmes to stand beside the people according to the pre-election pledges.
In 2009, the programmes were expanded and a number of new programmes were formulated for welfare of the children, physically handicapped persons, helpless women and older persons, she said.
"Now we have to formulate programmes which would ensure welfare of the beneficiaries more quickly and positively," she said adding that the poverty rate should be reduced to 14 percent by next four years."