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After making public her mobile phone numbers and e-mail address in parliament, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has received a huge response from a cross-section of people over the last two days.

Talking directly to the head of the government, some callers were nervous, while others were amazed.

Some talked about problems in their localities and some about issues like Padma bridge, said Mahbubul Hoque Shakil, prime minister’s special assistant (media).

“I cannot believe my ears,” one caller said as Hasina answered the phone.

Among the callers was a schoolgirl from Kurigram. A class-seven student, she said: “Dear prime minister, I’m a girl from a poor family. I am grateful to you for giving us the textbooks in time.”

One man wanted to know if it was indeed the prime minister he was talking to. As Hasina said, “Yes”, he hung up.

The prime minister called him back and wanted to know his identity and purpose of his call. The man said he had put down the phone, as he could not believe he was talking to the head of the government, the premier’s special assistant told The Daily Star.

During the question-answer session in parliament on Wednesday, Hasina gave her email address ( and phone numbers (01711-520000 and 01819-260371) so that people could contact her about those who try to seek undue advantage using her and her family members’ names.

“My family includes me, my younger sister and our five children. Apart from them, I have no one else in my family,” Hasina said in the House.

From 5:00pm to 11:00pm on Thursday and after Juma prayers yesterday, she talked to a good number of people on the phone, said Shakil.

Many lauded her stance on the Padma bridge issue; some suggested the government raise funds from the public for financing the bridge project.

“Honourable Prime Minister, the construction of the bridge must start no matter what. You should inaugurate and end its construction,” said a caller from a southern district.

Besides phone calls, the premier received several e-mails on different issues including allegations of corruption in various sectors, sources said.

Some government officials feel jittery about the prime minister’s initiative, as they fear anyone can now communicate with her directly about corruption or other misdeeds, added the sources.

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It's praiseworthy.

: Arif Zaman

Do the PM office and The Daily Star want us to believe that everybody who called or wrote were only praising and awed by Hasina?

: Miththuktumi


  • dr islam
    Saturday, July 7, 2012 05:05 AM GMT+06:00 (307 weeks ago)

    I do appreciate the PM for disclosure of her cell phone numbers and email address, by that she will get the pulse of the common people and help her to come out of the cronies. It's a step forward to enhance democracy...

  • Firko
    Saturday, July 7, 2012 11:54 AM GMT+06:00 (307 weeks ago)

    PM Sheikh Hasina seems to be honest and this is why she gave her mobile numbers and email address to public. But how many calls or emails can she respond? She does not have enough time to answer to the questions of millions of people.

    The important thing is to keep in mind that if Bangladesh can be freed from corruption, Bangladesh will be one of the most developed nations of the world within 20 years. Trust me!

    The problem is that most of the government officials cannot control their greedy minds. But if the ministers are strict and honest, I strongly believe that there will be no way for any secretary to make corruptions, and thus the strict principle will continue to all chains of the government officials.

  • Faisal
    Saturday, July 7, 2012 07:00 AM GMT+06:00 (307 weeks ago)

    It is indeed a very good initiative by the PM, but would she investigate against her own party men if I told her that my family property at my village home was falsely listed as government property by one of her party members and we have lost 70% of it to 'guchchha gram' project where this individual has set up a drug village.

  • Shah Asad Ahmed
    Saturday, July 7, 2012 02:43 AM GMT+06:00 (307 weeks ago)

    People-friendly initiative by the PM. Though this will give her the opportunity to listen to the reflections of the people on numerous issues but this may also consume much of her valuable time.

  • Kamal
    Saturday, July 7, 2012 02:06 AM GMT+06:00 (307 weeks ago)

    She has very little to do, I suppose. This is called phoney populism. It suits her very well.

  • Anonymous
    Saturday, July 7, 2012 07:15 AM GMT+06:00 (307 weeks ago)

    Ridiculous! Highly deceptive of how our country is being run.

  • M.Mohiuddin
    Saturday, July 7, 2012 08:01 AM GMT+06:00 (307 weeks ago)

    This is one step ahead to the digital Bangladesh. We appreciate this and hope this announcement will reduce the corruption. Because this was impossible to reach the PM with any issues. Now this is some thing which will infuse a great threat to any person of any status think twice before doing any crime of any shorts. We general people are happy.





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