Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today directed members of Bangladesh Coast Guard to dedicate themselves to serving the country and nation as she assured that her government would continue its support for expansion and modernisation of the force, BSS reports.
"We want that you would continue work by dedicating yourselves to serving the country and nation ... our government would keep on its support for expansion and modernisation of the Coast Guard," she said.
The premier was addressing the commissioning function of two newly-built offshore corvette patrol vessels "CGS Syed Nazrul" and "CGS Tajuddin" of Bangladesh Coast Guard at Patenga here this noon.
Sheikh Hasina said the aim of her government is to establish any organization properly and suitably. "To achieve the goal, we have been implementing various steps," she said.
The prime minister said she is very much aware of manpower constraints of the Coast Guard. "The issue of raising manpower and oceangoing big vessels of the force is under our consideration alongside increasing working area and the areas under its jurisdiction," she added.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and director general of the Bangladesh Coast Guard Rear Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury were present on the dais.
Ministers, parliament members, chiefs of the three services, diplomats and high civil and military officials were present on the occasion.
The premier also asked the Coast Guard to take proper steps against militancy and reiterated that her government won't spare its patrons.
"Bangladesh is not a militant state and our government has taken a "zero tolerance policy" to stamp out militancy from the country ... we won't give any space to those sheltering and patronising militancy," she said.
Sheikh Hasina said the Coast Guard will have to take necessary measures against militancy in the areas under its jurisdiction along with other law enforcement agencies.
The two new patrol vessels of the Coast Guard commissioned today have been named after close associates of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and national leaders Shaheed Syed Nazrul Islam and Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed respectively.
The Italian Navy handed over the two vessels to Bangladesh Coast Guard under an agreement signed during the visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Italy in 2014.
Under the agreement, the Italian Navy would also hand over two more such vessels named "CGS Mansur Ali" and "CGS Kamaruzzaman" to Bangladesh Coast Guard this year.
Earlier, a smartly-turned out contingent of the Coast Guard gave state salute to the prime minister on the occasion.
Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the two patrol vessels by handing over "commissioning forman" to commanders of the patrol vessels.
She later boarded the two patrol vessels of the Coast Guard and went round their different sections.