Dhaka, Oct 29 : Highlighting the importance of Bangladesh Betar, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Tuesday urged it to play its role to promote amity among people in the region to promote peace.
The radio has access to the grassroots level. It can contribute to developing harmonious relations among people in the region through positive programmes, which can contribute to establishing peace in the region, he said. He urged the Betar to play a vital role in establishing social and human values among the country’s people. "I strongly believe that radio can play an important role in protecting our human, social and family values," he said.
The minister remarked while addressing the inaugural session of a three-day Radio Asia Conference (ABU) and Radio Song Festival at the Hotel Intercontinental in Dhaka city today (Tuesday).
The Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) in association with Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television organised the event. The conference chaired by Information Secretary Abdul Malek, while the inaugural session of the event was addressed by State Minister for Information Dr. Murad Hassan, ABU Secretary General Dr. Javad Mottaghi and Director General of Bangladesh Betar Narayan Chandra Shil and among others.
Speaking as the chief guest, Dr. Hasan said the present government is working to build a poverty- and corruption-free digital Bangladesh while Bangladesh Betar is playing a vital role in this regard. Recalling the glorious role of radio in the country’s 1971 Liberation War, he said Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, the radio broadcasting centre of Bengali nationalist forces during the Liberation War, had played an important role in liberation struggles, broadcasting the declaration of independence was proclaimed by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and encouraging the people of the soil to take part in the war.
The information minister observed that Bangladesh Betar is now broadcasting various development and awareness programmes. Highlighting the country’s development and progress, he said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had a dream to build Bangladesh as a prosperous and strong nation. The founder of the nation could not fulfill his dream as he along with most of his family members was assassinated on August 15, 1975, Hasan added.
He said Bangladesh is moving fast, through development process, towards fulfilling the dream of Bangabandhu under the leadership of his daughter and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Hasan, also the ruling Awami League’s publicity and publication secretary, said although Bangladesh having over 167 million people is one of the most densely populated countries in the world it is now a food surplus country.
Before 2009, per capita income of people was about US$ 600, while its stands now at over US$ 2,000, he said, adding today Bangladesh has surpassed Pakistan in all indexes and even surpassed India in many social indicators.
The information minister said the Digital Bangladesh today is not a dream at all but a reality. Later, Hasan formally inaugurated the three-day conference. A total of 63 representatives from different countries are taking part in the radio meet, which is being held in Dhaka for the first time.Principal Information Officer (PIO) Surath Kumar Sarker also attended the programme.(UNI)