AWAMI LEAGUE PLEDGES 10pc GDP GROWTH
Source: TV grab
Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina unveiling her party’s manifesto for the January 5 polls at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the capital on Saturday
Prime Minister and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina today unveiled her party’s manifesto for the upcoming parliamentary election, pledging steps to take GDP (gross domestic product) growth rate to 10 percent from current 6.2 percent.
With a view to making Bangladesh a real middle-income country by 2021, the party also pledged to increase per capita income to $1,500 from existing $1,044 and to reduce poverty rate to 13 percent from the existing 26 percent in the next seven years.
ortThe AL manifesto also included the promise to take the electricity generation capacity to 24,000 MW from the existing 10,000 MW.
While unveiling the manifesto at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital this afternoon, Hasina sought vote for ‘boat’ symbol.
The premier pledged punishment to those who are carrying out anarchy and destruction in the name of political demonstration.
“Those who are killing people, carrying out terrorism, destroying mosques and industries, damaging and disrupting rail and road communications, destroying public and private properties, attacking minorities and their place of worships, and felling trees will have to face punishment,” she announced.
She said if voted to power again, the AL will enact laws to ensure accountability of the MPs for their activities in and outside parliament.
The manifesto titled ‘Bangladesh moving forward’ highlighted the government’s successes in different sectors and detailed the party’s election pledges, party sources said.
If the party forms the government again, it will construct another bridge over the Padma river in addition to the ongoing one, a second Jamuna bridge, a modern international airport, the proposed deep seaport in Sonadia, a circular rail route around Dhaka city and the Dhaka-Chittagong Expressway. The AL promised not to allow any activity of international terrorist and separatist organisations on Bangladesh soil.
In the manifesto, the party has set nine priorities: ensuring peace and stability in the country by eliminating militancy, terrorism and communalism, taking measures to make parliament effective, forging a national consensus to keep the democratic process uninterrupted, completing the trials of war criminals and executing the verdicts, strengthening the National Human Rights Commission and appointing an ombudsman to ensure transparency in the activities of the government, strengthening the Election Commission, making the local government system more effective through decentralisation of power, taking tough actions against black money, extortion, tender manipulation and bribery and making the ACC stronger, and freeing the law enforcement agencies from political influences.
The party unveiled its election manifesto just a week before the elections boycotted by most of the opposition parties including the BNP-led 18-party alliance whereas it had announced its manifesto titled “Charter for Change” 17 days before the December 29, 2008 parliamentary polls contested by all major political parties.
Elections will be held in 146 constituencies out of 300 on January 5 as a total of 154 candidates are set to be elected uncontested.
December 28, 2013