The government has taken various programs to celebrate Martyrs’ Day and International Mother Language Day with due dignity. Several instructions have been given for this.
These decisions were taken at an inter-ministerial meeting on the day’s program chaired by State Minister for Culture KM Khalid.
Programs and guidelines adopted by the government
On the occasion of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Bangabandhu’s special contribution to the language movement will be presented in various programs on Martyrs’ Day and International Mother Language Day. On 21st February, the national flag will be hoisted at half-mast in all educational institutions of the country and in the buildings of government, semi-government, autonomous and non-government organizations in the right manner, in the right color and size
On the occasion of the day, all the educational institutions of the country, local government institutions, district and upazila administrations, and the Bangladesh missions abroad will take appropriate measures in keeping with the national Covid-19 situation in accordance with the national health program.
Prayers for the forgiveness of the souls of the language martyrs will be organized in all the places of worship of the country including Fateha recitation and Qur’an recitation at Azimpur cemetery. The Ministry of Culture and Dhaka University authorities will formulate and finalize the program in the central Shaheed Minar area in consultation with others concerned.
Considering the current Corona situation, following the proper hygiene rules, each organization can lay a wreath at the Shaheed Minar with a maximum of five representatives and at the individual level with a maximum of two.
Basin and liquid soap will be provided for hand washing at all entrances of Shaheed Minar. No one will be allowed to enter the Shaheed Minar premises except wearing a mask. Appropriate measures will be taken to strengthen the security arrangements in the Dhaka University area including the central Shaheed Minar and all the institutions and adjoining areas engaged in the observance of the day. On the occasion of observing the day with due dignity, various road islands and other important convenient places of Dhaka city will be decorated with festoons with alphabets of other languages including Bengali.
The government and non-government media will take necessary steps to broadcast the special programs of Ekushey and pronounce the correct names of the language martyrs, preserve the solemnity of the Martyrs’ Day, uphold the dignity of the Martyrs’ Minar, pay homage to the Martyrs’ Minor,
The issue of Bangabandhu’s contribution to the language movement in publishing supplements in newspapers will also be specially presented. Uninterrupted power and water supply and necessary mobile toilets will be set up in the adjoining areas including the central Shaheed Minar. Arrangements will be made to sprinkle water around the area adjacent to the Shaheed Minar to prevent dust and sand and the roads will be kept clean and tidy. City Corporation will take necessary steps in this regard.
In addition, medical camps will be set up in the Shaheed Minar area and adequate number of ambulances will be kept ready to ensure emergency medical services. The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society will set up ‘disinfection’ activities and ‘first aid booths’ to combat COVID-19 through volunteers across the country, including Dhaka.