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Securing rights for poor and marginalized people stressed: Social Welfare minister at the National Convention

May 6th, 2013 by Posted in Women's leadership

Md Abdul Quayyum, Media and Communication Coordinator

Second National Convention 2013: State and People’s Responsibility to secure citizens’ rights on Public Services

Second National Convention 2013: State and People’s Responsibility to Secure Citizens’ Rights on Public Services

The convention was organized by Oxfam and its fiver partner NGOs on 03 May 2013, at the BIAM auditorium in Dhaka under the banner “Second National Convention on State and People’s Responsibility to Secure Citizens’ Rights on Public Services.”

Addressing the opening session as the chief guest, Social Welfare minister urged all the NGOs to work coordinately to have greater development impact. He said, ”NGOs like Oxfam are contributing heavily to the development of the country but because of lack of coordination among the NGOs, we as a nation are still lagging behind. Coordination of work will also avoid duplication.” His ministry can coordinate the works, he added.

Mr. Enamul Hoque Mostofa Shaheed, MP, Hon'ble Minister, Ministry of Social Welfare

Mr. Enamul Hoque Mostofa Shaheed, MP, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Social Welfare

The minister also said that, his government had ensured food security for the people and now people are not starving to death anymore. He said,” Our government has introduced 17 allowances for the under privileged people and soon the amount of allowances will be increased by 10 percent.”

Chaired by Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Rasheda K Choudhury, Former Advisor to the Caretaker Government and Abu Sayeed Khan, Managing Editor of the Daily Samakal, were present as the special guests. Gareth Price-Jones Country Director of Oxfam, Anik Asad, coordinator of Oxfam and Ajit Kumar Sheel, representative of Non State Actors from the grassroots, also spoke in the morning session.

Speakers at the opening session

Speakers at the opening session

In his speech Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman said, 50-60 million people are still very poor in Bangladesh, despite all the efforts done by NGOs. Bangladesh has achieved success in many sectors and the rural economy is a real boost, he added.

Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman chaired the morning session

Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman chaired the morning session

Rasheda K Choudhury emphasized on the Right to Education act for development. She said, ”All the successes will be in vain if the Right to Education Act is not in place.” She highlighted the importance of education for indigenous and also for the people in Haor (wetland) areas.

Rasheda K Choudhury, former advisor to the care taker government, addressing as the special guest

Rasheda K Choudhury, former Advisor to the Caretaker government, addressing as the special guest

Abu Sayeed khan said, “Despite all the challenges, Bangladesh is always moving forward. We have gained significant amount of economic growth, but the marginalized still are suffering because they are not getting the social service like education and health properly.” He added, this initiative by Oxfam is not enough if the government can’t ensure primary education for all.

Abu Sayeed Khan, Managing Editor of Daily Samakal

Abu Sayeed Khan, Managing Editor of Daily Samakal

Gareth Price-Jones while giving the welcome remarks, mentioned about the 42-year relationship between Oxfam and Bangladesh. He said, “The Non State Actors project aims to strengthening Bangladeshi civil society and community-based organisations to enable the most vulnerable, marginalized, economically, socially & geographically excluded women and men to have sustainable access to essential services and economic opportunities.”

Gareth Price-Jones, Country Director giving the welcome remarks

Gareth Price-Jones, Country Director giving the welcome remarks

In the closing session Professor M M Akash, Dhaka University, Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Executive Director, BELA, Shyamal Kanti Ghosh, Director General, Directorate of Primary Education, MB Akhter, Porgram Manager, Oxfam and Runa Begum, representative of Union Development committee spoke. Shamim Ara Begum, Executive Director, Pollisree presented the recommendations came from the daylong convention.

Earlier in the day all the participants observed one-minute silence in memory of the victims of Savar tragedy.

One minute silence

Observing one minute silence

Media links:

Daily Samakal

Daily Janakantha

Barta Bangla 

Amader Shomoy

The Daily Star

UNB

Editorial: Daily Sun 

The New Nation 

The Independent

 Bangladesh-Web

The Bangladesh Today

TV News Clippings (Boishkahi, ATN, Bangla Vision and BTV)

  1. One Response to “Securing rights for poor and marginalized people stressed: Social Welfare minister at the National Convention”

  2. By Mozahidul Islam Noyan on May 6, 2013

    The event is well captured by the initiative.

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