GM Quader bats for press freedom, expresses concern over state of education Press Freedom
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GM Quader bats for press freedom, expresses concern over state of education

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 07 Jun 2021, 10:06 pm

Dhaka, June 7: Criticizing the government for Corruption in the health sector, opposition Deputy Leader in Parliament Golam Mohammad (GM) Quader said that there are allegations that most of the money sanctioned in the aforementioned sector is being wasted at different times, but there is no evidence that the culprits have been punished.

He said, "These are being published through various news outlets. Those who are highlighting these are also facing various problems. A few days ago, a journalist was harassed. Hands have been raised on the person and was even strangled. A case has been filed against the person and now many are saying the person could be charged with treason. What is the reason?"

He said this while participating in the general discussion on the supplementary budget for the fiscal year 2021-2022 in the National Assembly on Monday (June 7) morning.

"We want the rule of law in the country. We want the perpetrators to be punished. But those who work in the media have some responsibilities. There is a saying in the media of every country called investigative journalism. Who work to ensure accountability in the country. It is the responsibility of the society to give them that opportunity. Then we will be saved from a lot of corruption," he added.

"We want a business-friendly budget. But at the same time economic planning is needed to reduce the suffering of the poor and common people. We are quite worried and panicked about Corona. According to the World Health Organization, at least 5 to 7 percent of GDP should be allocated to the health sector. This is how the countries around us are allocating and because of the coronavirus pandemic, we should have increased our allocations in this sector," the opposition Deputy Leader in Parliament said.

"If the coronavirus pandemic is controlled, our economy will be strengthened. So we have to pay attention to health and we should not be indifferent to it," Quader added.

"About 4 crore students have not been able to go to school-college for a long time. There is no education. If we continue like this for another five years, will we get a generation of ignorant, ignorant people ahead? Will these run our country? Be a citizen of the country? Are we moving towards this situation?" Quader asked.