Ensure security to lives, property of people in border areas: PM to BGB

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today (Dec 20) asked BGB personnel to continue performing their responsibilities with utmost sincerity, including protecting the borders; combating smuggling, drug trade, human trafficking, inter-border crimes; and providing security to the lives and property of the people living in the bordering areas.

She also extended her thanks to the BGB members as they have been fulfilling their responsibilities with competence.

The premier was addressing the parade of Border Guard Bangladesh Day-2022 at its headquarters in Dhaka.

The PM said the border guards played a responsible role during the peaceful exchange of enclaves between Bangladesh and India. “We set an example for the world by exchanging enclaves amid a festive atmosphere,” she said.

During the Rohingya influx into Bangladesh, BGB also carried out their responsibilities with efficiency, including the registration of the displaced people, she added.

Focusing on the modernisation of BGB, Hasina said the Awami League government has carried out massive development works and enacted a new law to enhance the capacity of the force under the BGB reform initiative.

Now, BGB is capable of performing its duty on land, water and air, she said.

The PM said her government has adopted the “Border Guard Bangladesh Vision-2041” in a bid to develop the BGB as a world-class border guard force.

The “Smart Digital Surveillance and Tactical Border Response System” has been installed in vulnerable border areas for seamless surveillance and countering trans-border terrorism, she said.

The PM said the present government has taken a plan to construct 1,036km border roads with an aim of increasing the security of the hilly areas and uplifting the socio-economic condition of the people living in the remote areas.

The construction of 317km border road in the first phase is in progress, she informed.

The premier thanked the BGB for removing the words “Pak” or “Pakistan” from 14,005 border pillars on Bangladesh-India border and writing “Bangladesh” or “BD” in their places.

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