Poverty to end by 2024

Poverty to end by 2024
Bangladesh will be free of poverty by 2023-24, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday.

Bangladesh is on course to maintain its present growth trajectory, and if everything goes right it will become a developed nation by 2041 and fulfil Bangabandhu's dream of turning Bangladesh into Sonar Bangla (Golden Bengal), he said.

Muhith made the comments at a discussion on the National Mourning Day at the Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC).

However, according to the Sustainable Development Goals, there will be no poverty after 2030, Muhith said. 

Three-fifths of the national income was lost during the nine-month Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971, he said mentioning a study.

Before being assassinated on August 15, 1975, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman worked hard to give the war-torn country the right shape.

The country started falling following the brutal killing of the Father of the Nation in 1975, Muhith said.

Military rule started in the country, and it required 15 years to get out of that trap, he said.

Democracy was restored in 1990, especially during the period when the Awami League-led government was in power, he said.

In the period, Bangladesh graduated from the less developed country category to the developing one's bloc, he said.

Showing respect to the memories of Bangabandhu, the finance minister said, “I am marching forward by turning the shock of losing Bangabandhu into strength with his blessings.”

BSEC Chairman M Khairul Hossain presided over the mourning day function.
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