Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the government is making constant efforts to build an educated nation as education is the key tool to make Bangladesh poverty free.
She made the statement while inaugurating a Disbursement of Primary Education Stipend using Mobile Banking project from Gonobhaban on Wednesday.
The prime minister inaugurated the project titled "Mayer Hasi" through video conferencing with concerned deputy commissioners of the districts, upazila nirbahi officers and power sector officials, reports BSS.
Terming the stipend distribution through mobile banking system a step forward by the government in building a digital Bangladesh, the prime minister said her government is working to provide the people with prosperous lives.
Prior to distribution of the stipend, she said many families could not send their children to school, instead deploying them in hard physical labour for a living.
"Many mothers told me that they would send their children to school if we give them the same amount of money their children earn to support their family," she said, pointing out her experience during her visit to the countryside as opposition leader.
"At that time we had taken a decision to introduce the stipend for poor students if we can come to power," Hasina added, saying the stipend programme has now emerged as the largest programme in South Asia.
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the opening ceremony of the Disbursement of Primary Education Stipend using Mobile Banking project at Gonobhaban on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 PID
Under the Disbursement of Primary Education Stipend using Mobile Banking project, the government stipends for 13 million primary students would be disbursed into their mothers’ mobile banking accounts.
Once they receive the stipends, the mothers can withdraw the money at nearby Rupali Bank SureCash agents, make payments, or save the money in the account for future use.
The report said the system would expedite financial inclusion of mothers and women's empowerment.
Hasina hoped that the system would reduce hassles and save time of the guardians and ensure transparency in the payment system.
She said, under the project, public sector mobile operator Teletalk has given 2 million SIMs to mothers with free talk time for Tk20. The government would distribute about Tk1,600 crore among school students as stipend under the project.
Minister for Primary and Mass Education Advocate Mustafizur Rahman also spoke at the event, conducted by Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury.
Later, Hasina talked to the beneficiaries of the project, school teachers and guardians of Tungipara upazila of Gopalgonj, Pirgonj of Rangpur and Parbotipur of Dinajpur districts.
She also urged the guardians to groom their children with the ideology of the War of Independence and keep them away from militancy, terrorism and drugs.
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