For protecting life, properties and dignity of the people, ensuring peace and order and the rule of law rising above personal and party interest, Rapid Action Battalion [RAB] was constituted to suppress illegal activities and acts of local and international terrorism with an iron hand. For building as befitting forces in maintaining internal law and order, the law enforcement agencies were provided all necessary supports and facilities, including training and modern weapons and equipment, to make them more effective and strong.
Corruption has spread its wings among people in all tiers of society and classes. A massive campaign was carried out on the issue at home and abroad and in many cases the campaign was turned into a malicious propaganda. And as a result, the image of Bangladesh was badly tarnished particularly in foreign countries despite a majority of Bangladeshis are leading an honest and moral life. To bring about a change to this disgraceful situation, the BNP government established the Anti-Corruption Commission. Apart from providing all necessary supports and facilities to the Anti-Corruption Commission to help the body function independently and neutrally under the existing laws and the constitution, active cooperation was received from the people, elected local government organization and the media for creating mass awareness and public opinion against corruption.
Economic development of Bangladesh and the BNP are complementary to each other. Bangladesh has experienced a massive economic development when ever the BNP assumes state power. After voted to power, the BNP government believing in the politics of production and development further strengthened this trend and gave priority to the private sector and cooperatives to ensure the continued forward march of the national economy, industries and trade and commerce. Incentives were given to local and foreign entrepreneurs particularly expatriated Bangladeshis to attract investment in the country. All sorts of facilities and helps were given to the readymade garment industry, the most labor intensive production sector employing a huge volume of female workers and also the biggest foreign exchange earner, to facilitate the industry sustain and further expand. All out measures were taken to protect and continue flourishing of the local industries particularly jute, tea, sugar, pharmaceutical, ceramic and leather.
Educated youth force, female entrepreneurs and cooperators of the country were given special training and credit facilties for the development and the small and cottage industry.
For reducing possible production cost of agricultural goods and stabilizing and reducing prices of commodities soon, measures were taken to apply in the field level the newer technologies, research and research findings for the development and modernization of the agriculture sector. Requires systems were built up for an appropriate preservation, transportation and marketing of the agricultural products so that the farmer get fair prices of their produces and consumers do not require paying excess price.
Amid various obstacles, the Four-party Alliance government has been successful in ensuring copying-free examinations in the education field and establishing and developing over 100 higher educational institution, apart from making arrangements for tuition-free education for female students. The BNP government introduced scholarship for poor but meritorious students.
Scopes for newer employment are created when the overall economic condition of a country improves. The BNP government put special emphasis in creating employment opportunities in the rural areas. Measures were taken to strengthen the rural economy by giving incentives to the small and cottage industry. And at the same time support were given to the cooperatives movement. Incentives were also given to set up more labor intensive mills and factories across the country on a large and also for re-starting production at the closed industrial units. Arrangements were also made for proving training for the employment of skilled workers in foreign countries at a higher percentage.
The country’s communications system witnessed an epoch-making progress during the government of the BNP and four-party alliance. Development of all the major highways, constructing bridges over the major rivers, constructiion of Newmooring Terminal at Chittagong, modernization of Bangladesh Railway, constructing Meghna Bridge near Bhairab, constructing Dhaleshwari Bridge at
Munshiganj, progress in the construction of the third bridge across the River Karnaphuli, receiving assurance of financial support from the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and Japan for constructing the Padma Bridge and completion of feasibility study on the bridge project, and construction of two new terminal buildings at Chittagong and Sylhet airports are the records of development of the BNP and Four-party Alliance government in the last five years.
The BNP always worked for creating an efficient leadership at the village level for establishing good governance and taking the public administration to the doorsteps of the people for the overall development of the country. For achieving this target, the elected BNP government expanded the scopes for marginal people to participate in local development and public welfare activities by keeping intact the existing local government system and authority and responsibilities of the elected representatives.
Measures were taken to continue the policy on sending members of the armed force and the police to the UN Peacekeeping Missions. Steps were also taken to expand the scopes in this regard.
For a quick dispensation of justice at a minimum cost, and infusing dynamism into the obsolete judicial system and making it an organization enjoying the people’s confidence, the lat BNP coalition government undertook a historical reforms program to give independence to the judiciary.
For increasing empowerment and dignity of women, low interest and easy term loans were given to the women interested in business and involved in self-employment. Priority was given to the women in appointment and promotion in the public sector jobs. Stringent measures were taken to stop dowry, acid throwing and women and child trafficking. The maternal and child mortality rate was reduced to a minimum level.
In line with the 2001 BNP election manifesto, Bangladesh has already reached information highway through the fiber optic submarine cable connection. The number mobile phone sets in the country was only 5 million when the BNP came to power in 2001. This number stood at nearly 30 million at the end of 2006.
During the tenure of Four-party Alliance government, special emphasis was given to introduce the system of supplying pure drinking water and hygienic sewerage in the rural areas. And as a result, nearly 90 percent of rural people across Bangladesh are now getting pure drinking water. Most of the rural people at this moment are enjoying the scopes of using hygienic latrines at a minimum cost. In this regard, Bangladesh has achieved the millennium development goal much ahead of the stipulated timeframe.
In the protection of environment, the BNP and Four-party Alliance government has achieved successes in its programs on stopping the use of polythene bags, banning two-stroke baby taxies and implementing tree plantation and afforestation schemes.
In reorganizations to expatriated Bangladeshis huge contribution to country’s economic development, the last BNP government constituted the Expatriates Welfare Ministry. And efforts were taken to engage the Bangladesh missions abroad in playing an appropriate role in ensuring welfare of the expatriated Bangladeshis.
A scheme was initiated to build a social safety net in phases for war wounded and distressed freedom fighters, poor and distressed women, men, children and helpless elderly citizens.
Sticking to the policy on intensifying communal harmony and ensuring equal rights of all religions and communities, stringent measures were taken to suppress all evil attempts of destroying communal harmony in the country.
Measures were also adopted to protect the cultural diversity of the backward hill tribal and ethnic minority community peoples side by side with providing them with adequate facilities in all fields, including employment and education. Development activities were geared up in the hill regions.