Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said that her government has been developing the Special Security Force (SSF) as a time-befitting force equipped with advanced technology and appropriate training so that it could keep pace with the modern era and the constantly changing trends of crimes with the advent of newer technologies which create both luxury and risk to life.
“This is the reality that science and technology create both the opportunities and risks for us. We can lead a modern life using those while the terrorists and militants are using those to give crimes newer dimensions. So, we’re always trying to develop the special force as a well-trained and efficient one so it can keep pace with the modern trend,” she said.
She was addressing a special darbar (gathering) of the SSF, held at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), from her official Ganabhaban residence through a videoconference in the capital marking its 35th founding anniversary, reports BSS.
The 35th founding anniversary of the force is being observed in a befitting manner today, as the Presidential Security Force (PSF) which was later renamed SSF was raised on 15 June 1986.
Mentioning that it was always tough to ensure protection for the VIPs as the geo-politics in the sub-continent or in the world is always changing alongside the trend of crimes, the prime minister said that her government has been arranging overseas training for the SSF personnel so they could be familiar with the constantly changing technologies and the way they (foreign countries) train their security personnel.
The prime minister greeted the SSF personnel for their contribution in making success the twin mega celebrations marking the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence and the 101st birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation from March 17 to 26 by ensuring security maintaining the due health protocol amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Maintaining the health protocol amid the coronavirus pandemic one the one hand, and on the other hand, giving security to the guests (heads of state or government from abroad) and their entourages and conducting the programmes was a tough job. You did the job successfully with utmost efficiency. So, I extend my heartfelt greetings to you all.”
The prime minister said that she found the SSF personnel efficient in performing their duties since she assumed office after 21 years, adding that all (foreigners) for whom they arranged physical protections praised the force for their dedication and efficiency.
She asserted her continued support in future for the modernisation of the force that is entrusted with providing physical protection to the President and Prime Minister of Bangladesh and other VIPs designated by the government.
The prime minister said that her government has been formulating economic policies and work plans keeping in mind that Bangladesh is an independent country and it would be a developed and prosperous country in the world as envisioned by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
She said that Bangabandhu wanted to develop Bangladesh in a beautiful manner where every person would get food, clothe, accommodation, education and treatment and for this purpose he started working immediately after the independence.
“But the killers did not give him the time to materialise his dream as Bangabandhu along with most of his family members were brutally assassinated on August 15 in 1975,” she said, adding that she has been working tirelessly to make his (Bangabandhu’s) dream true by making Bangladesh a poverty-and hunger-free country.
SSF Director General (DG) Major General Md Majibur Rahman spoke on the occasion.
Among others, PM’s daughter and autism expert Saima Wazed Putul, Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, PMO Secretary Md Tofazzel Hossain Miah and Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim, were present, among others, at the Ganabhaban.