Over 300 proposals of programmes have been selected to celebrate the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to inaugurate the countdown to the observance of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's birth centenary at the Tejgaon Old Airport in the city on January 10 where Bangabandhu landed in the freshly liberated and sovereign Bangladesh on January 10, 1972.
Through the inauguration, the countdown will begin simultaneously in every district, upazila and all public gathering places across the country.
Talking to BSS, Chief Coordinator of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Birth Centenary Celebration National Implementation Committee Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury said the countdown to the observance of the birth centenary will begin through creating a symbolic atmosphere of the return of Bangabandhu, the undisputed leader of the nation, to the sacred soil of independent Bangladesh.
As January 10 is a historic day for the nation, he said, they are going to start the countdown from the day.
On January 10, 1972, Bangabandhu returned to the sacred soil of independent Bangladesh via London and New Delhi, after 290 days of captivity in Pakistan jail.
Kamal Chowdhury informed that devices for countdown are being set up in different public gathering places in the city, divisional cities, districts, city corporations and upazilas across the country.
Bangladesh, he said, is going to celebrate the birth centenary for presenting the life and works of Bangabandhu before the people, especially the new generation, and accelerating development activities and services for building a hunger and poverty-free 'Sonar Bangla'.
"Our goal is not just to celebrate the birth centenary, but to add a new dimension in the country's development activities and services for building 'Sonar Bangla' as dreamt by Bangabandhu," he added.
The chief coordinator said different socio-cultural and political organisations from grassroots to national level, ministries and divisions are taking programmes to celebrate the birth centenary.
"Many programmes are being taken marking the Mujib Year. We have already selected over 300 proposals of programmes, came from home and abroad. We are providing necessary supports to implement the programmes. We have formed eight subcommittees for ensuring smooth implementation of the programmes," he added.
Kamal Chowdhury said there will be an inauguration programme on March 17 this year where eminent personalities from home and abroad will attend.