DHAKA: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced a stimulus package of Tk 5,000 crore to help export-oriented industries fight the impact of coronavirus.
She said the fund can be used only for paying wages and allowances to the workers and other employees.
The premier was addressing the nation on the prevailing coronavirus situation of the country on Wednesday (March 25).
Besides, Bangladesh Bank has announced that no one will be considered a loan defaulter till June.
The premier said: “The supply chains (of products) in the country and with outside world remain intact. So don’t hike the prices of the essential goods irrationally and increase the sufferings of the people.”
Sheikh Hasina said the country was currently self-reliant in food as sufficient grains were now stored in government warehouses, private mills and in the farmers homes.
Besides, the PM said actions would be taken against people who will be engaged in spreading rumour on coronavirus.
Sheikh Hasina today said her government was prepared to tackle any “tough situation” in view of the global coronavirus pandemic and simultaneously expressed her firm determination to win the war against the deadly virus.
The premier requested people to stay home as it is the main means to win the war against COVID-19. “Your awareness will keep you, your family and the people of the country protected” she added.
Sheikh Hasina said preventing people from being infected with the virus was now her government’s highest priority as she detailed the series of nationwide steps to prevent the spread of the diseases.
She said: “This is a time for practicing austerity. Don’t buy anything beyond minimal necessity. Do not hoard goods and give scopes to people with limited income to purchase their essentials.”
In her 23-minute speech, the premier said the Bengalis are a brave nation in tackling various disasters and crisis together in the past.
Sheikh Hasina hoped to overcome the situation with united efforts of all.
BDST: 2100 HRS, MAR 25, 2020