features of Awami League’s Election Manifesto 2001 are as follows:
and the rule of law will be further expanded, consolidated and established
in all spheres. The National Parliament will be the centre of all
Good governance and Administrative Reforms
modern, corruption-free and people-oriented administration will be set up
ensuring efficiency, accountability and transparency in all levels to
establish good governance in the country. The age-limit for government
service will be raised to 60 years in stages.
Law and Order Corruption
measures would be taken to uproot violence, improve law-and-order
situation and ensure will security of life and property of all citizens.
An independent Anti-Corruption Council will be established.
priority would be given on poverty alleviation. Pension schemes for the
elderly poor, widows and distressed women, allowances for disadvantage
freedom fighters would be continued and expanded. Implementation of “One
home one farm” programme, creating jobs for unemployed youths,
rehabilitation of the displaced people in the ideal villages, “Home
Return Scheme” for the slum-dwellers would be extended and housing for
all would be provided in stages. Rehabilitation programme will be taken to
Interest of the farmers and modernization of agriculture
present policy of making fertilizers, high-yielding seeds, pesticides,
irrigation machinery and other agriculture materials available to the
farmers at fair prices and giving necessary subsidy would be continued.
The trend of attaining self-sufficiency and excess yield in the production
of fish, mils, eggs, meat etc. together with food grain would be pursued.
Profitable price for agricultural products would be ensured. “Land
policy” would be implemented and allotment of government khas lands
among the landless would continue.
Industry and commerce
would be taken for speedy industrialization. Special attention would be
given to the expansion of export-oriented industries and setting up of
agro-based industries. Private enterprises, foreign and domestic
investments in industries would be encouraged. All efforts would be made
for the expansion of IT industry and e-commerce.
Education, culture and human resource development
country would be made free from illiteracy by 2003. All- out initiatives
would be taken to implement scientific and pro-people national education
policy and enhance the standard of education. The entire primary education
would be nationalized. Special priority would be given on female education
and it would be made free upto the degree level. Separate public service
commission would be instituted for the teachers. Further they will be
provided 100 percent government contributions.
would be taken for the development of national culture and creation of
free atmosphere and opportunity for cultural activities throughout the
country. The International Mother Language Institute would be developed as
a world-class institution. No law would be enacted in contrary to the holy
Quran and Sunnah. Due respect would be shown to the teachings and values
of all religions.
Health services and family welfare
services would be available to the doorsteps of the people of implementing
National Health Policy and setting up 18 thousand community clinics (1
clinic for every 6,000 people). Crash programme would be taken in hand to
solve the arsenic problem.
Women’s empowerment and rights of children
number of reserved seats for women in the Parliament would be doubled
(i.e.60) and system of direct elections would be introduced. New steps
would be taken for achieving women’s rights, dignity and empowerment.
Stringent measures would be taken to stop violence against women and
Workers and labour policy
wage for workers, right of trade union according to ILO. Convention and
enhancement of their standard of living would be ensured. The policy of
handing over the industrial units to the management of the workers would
continue. Effective measures would be taken to prevent frequent accidents
in the garment industry.
Independence of Judiciary and assurance of Justice
would be separated from the Executive Department, the initiative to
appoint an Ombudsman will be effected and necessary steps would be taken
to make judicial proceedings fast and dynamic.
Local government and empowerment of people
order to decentralise the power and empower the people, in the village,
union, upazilla and district level, four-tier autonomous democratic local
governments will be given full shape. If the Awami League forms the
government, zilla parishad and upazila parishad elections will be held on
priority basis. Every union sadar will be made the centre of local
socio-economic, administrative and development activities. Every upazilas
sadar will be turned into municipality and will be made full-fledged
Transportation and physical infrastructure:
road networks will be built centred around unions. Steps will be taken for
the expansion and development of transportation throughout the country
including the building of the Padma Bridges every upazilla will be brought
under digital telephone networks. Flyovers, underpasses and monorails will
be built to reduce traffic congestion in the big cities, including Dhaka
Electricity, energy and mineral resources:
will be supplied to every village. Measures will be taken to reduce load
shedding by better production and distribution of electricity according to
the need. Gas supplies will be assured for the north and southwestern
regions of the country through pipelines over the Bangabandhu Bridge. We
will remain ever committed to the interest of the country in respect of
the use and exploration of gas and mineral resources.
Mass media and free flow information:
law enacted by us to make Radio and Television autonomous institutions
free from party influences, will be made effective, the freedom of
newspapers will be protected.
Environment and Water resources:
will be taken for the planned usage of water resources, prevention of
erosion of riverbanks, and permanent solution of the flood problem. To
save the ecological balance, the conservation of forests and tree
plantations will be encouraged and C.N.G. gas will be made available for
petrol using cars to create a pollution-free environment.
Science and Technology:
order to make the nation more up to date in scientific and technological
research and to achieve world standard in scientific practices, there will
be increased opportunities for original scientific research.
emphasis will be given to planned initiative, management, training and
improved infrastructural facilities to improve the overall standard of
Underdevelopment Regions and Communities:
of all regions of the country, equal rights for all religious and ethnic
minority communities will be assured. Steps will be taken to preserve the
language, culture and heritage of the tribal communities.
advanced training, equipment and increased facilities, a skilled,
professional, dependable and modern defence force will be built.
the case of foreign policy, we will be committed to the principal of
“Friendship towards all, malice towards none”. Through mutual talks
with India, the border problems will be solved. Bangladesh will play a
greater working role in the United Nations peace missions.
brothers and sisters, please give your mandate for this manifesto so that
we can bring economic emancipation, alleviate poverty and work towards
development to put a smile in thee faces of our teeming millions. Please
cast your vote in favour of Bangladesh Awami League’s election symbol,
Boat and give us another chance to serve the country.