Chief of Army Staff General Moeen U Ahmed yesterday said "we won't stay longer" but initiate good works, though on a small scale, to be carried on in the future.
General Moeen, whose force is backing the present caretaker government, made the remark while inaugurating a small dairy farm cum bio-gas project under a self-reliance scheme, financed by the army, at Saikat cluster village in Char Pakkhimari Union under Sadar upazila.
He told his audience that country's development would speed up if this process continued and hoped that public representatives, businessmen, administration officials and local people would come forward to carry on the good works.
"Bangladesh has a lot of resources and we should utilise these resources properly," General Moeen said, adding that the small-scale dairy farm cum bio-gas project "is an example of what we can do with modicum resources".
He noted that the country incurred huge losses due to cyclone Sidr and two consecutive floods. All should work together to recoup the losses. "Hence, even an inch of land should not be left uncultivated during current Boro season," he said.
He said the government will ensure fertiliser, fuel and electricity for the farmers.
The army chief assured the farmers that there is no fertiliser crisis in the country. He urged them not to store fertiliser.
Deputy Commissioner Shamsunnahar Begum also spoke on the occasion. GOC of 19 Infantry division Major General Mohammad Mojahid Uddin, other military officials and public representatives were present on the occasion.
After inauguration, General Moeen distributed 24 cows among 20 poor families and blankets and relief goods donated by Red Crescent among 300 destitute families.
The 20 families are expected to be self-reliant through the dairy farming and 100 other families will get power facility for 4-5 hours daily trough energy-saving bulb. Besides, 30 families will be able to use fuel gas in their cooking.
The helicopter carrying the army chief landed at a helipad on the bank of the Brahmaputra at about 10:40am. He left for Ghatail Cantonment after visiting Saikat cluster village.
He went round the village and talked to the inhabitants.
Local commander of joint forces Lieutenant Colonel Mujib briefed the army chief about overall situation in the district.