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AL poll manifesto focuses on curbing corruption

Published : Thursday, 28 December, 2023 at 12:00 AM  Count : 291

With just 9 days away from the 12th parliamentary election, the ruling Awami League on Wednesday announced its ambitious but implementable poll manifesto with a commitment to building a smart Bangladesh that means a developed and prosperous country by 2041.

AL President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced her partys election manifesto for the 2024 national election with the slogan Smart Bangladesh where development shines accelerating employment.

In addition to pledges for generating more employment, control of commodity prices, good governance, building a people-friendly law enforcement force and freedom of media, the AL manifesto gave a special focus on curbing corruption and money laundering which have long been overshadowing AL governments eye-catching achievements which are quite visible in the countrys infrastructural development.     

ALs pledge to root out corruption and bribery that have riddled every tier of our administration stymieing the countrys economic growth is a timely step. This is why zero-tolerance policy has been rightly adopted against corruption.

It is said that actions carry more weight than words and this time it seems the ruling party is really serious to act against corruption. It is evident when the government has taken concerted initiatives to create mass awareness among people.

Noteworthy, some chapters on the evils of corruption and what to do to wipe out corruption will be included in the countrys education curriculum in order to instill an anti-corruption attitude into the mind of the students.

Employment is another key issue prioritised in the manifesto which put strong emphasis on creating fresh employment opportunities for over 15 million youth by 2030 by imparting training to around 31 million youth and these youth will be engaged in the transformation and development of Bangladesh.

The AL manifesto also focused on freedom of media with a vow to make arrangements to protect journalists from torture, intimidation and false cases by preventing misuse of the newly enacted Cyber Security Act of 2023.

Because of governments tolerance, mass media has developed in the country by leaps and bounds during the last 15 years. As a result, the number of newspapers now rises to 3,241 and there are 33 private TV channels, 23 FM radios and 18 community radio stations currently broadcasting in the country.

Peoples fundamental and democratic rights will be ensured as mentioned in the manifesto saying that if AL government comes to power again, the practice of transparency, accountability, good governance and democratic values will be strengthened in all aspects of state administration.

The AL manifesto also promises to make a smart and modern law enforcement force for the smart Bangladesh that will be more advanced, humane and people-friendly. For this, the capacity of the law enforcement agencies has already been enhanced significantly.

Judged by the popularity, we believe that the next government will be formed by the Awami League and pin hopes on that government under the dynamic and prudent leadership of Sheikh Hasina for a complete execution of its election pledges.

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