Publish: 19 May 2020, 10:50 pm
Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today called upon all political parties, including BNP, to play a responsible role and extend cooperation to the government in the greater interest of the country and its people during the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.
“Refrain from indulging in mudslinging . . . Extend your hands of collaboration to the government by playing a responsible role as political parties,” Quader told a virtual media briefing at his official residence this afternoon.
Quader said unity will be the key-driven force to tackle the ongoing pandemic as ferocity of the coronavirus will neither spare anybody nor show pity.
In the media reports focusing on allegations against some private hospitals seeking extra money to treat patients with Coronavirus, the Minister urged the authorities concerned and hospital or clinic owners to provide the necessary treatment facilities to people at a lesser humanitarian cost.
AL general secretary termed the journalists and media workers as frontline fighters and requested the newspaper's owners to pay all dues of the media people as well as other workers who work in different mills and factories before the Eid-ul-Fitr, the greatest religious festival of Muslims.
Expressing grave concern over the home-bound people’s traveling to their respective hometowns ahead of the Eid festival defying government’s restriction, Quader said, “This sort of gatherings can create a horrible
situation for own-self and the people around him or her”.
“It would hamper lives and livelihoods ultimately . . . Please stop traveling right now and abide by the health safety rules instead,” Quader urged.
He hoped that the country would be able to overcome the crisis situation with the joint efforts of all in days to come, Insha’Allah.
The Bangladesh Meteorological Department forecast that the Amphan supercyclone may be more damaging than the Sidr cyclone.
Regarding Cyclone Amphan, Quader said, the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheik Hasina has made every attempt to avoid possible casualties and damages if Bangladesh is hit.