DHAKA, March 31 (BSS) - Noted poet Mohadev Saha and poet Nazrin Noeem today received the prestigious "Bangladesh Lekhika Sangha Sahitya Padak-2011" for their outstanding contribution to Bengali literature.
Information and Cultural Affairs Minister Abul Kalam Azad handed over the award to the recipients at a function at Poet Sufia Kamal auditorium at National Museum here marking the 39th founding anniversary of the organization as the chief guest.
Lekhika Sangha that promotes the interest of women writers in Bangladesh arranged the function with its President Begum Rahiza Hossain in the chair.
Professor emeritus and Vice-Chancellor of University of Liberal Arts Dr Rafiqul Islam was present in the function as special guest when litterateur Maqbula Manzur gave address of welcome.
The organisation also accorded reception to two distinguished personalities Litterateur and Organiser Rasheda Khaled and Shamsuz Jahan Noor.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister underlined the need for massive participation of the country's womenfolk alongside their male counterparts for ensuring sustainable development of the country.
He said the overall development of Bangladesh cannot be achieved neglecting the women who represent almost 50 percents of the country's total population.
Listing various development programmes of the government for women empowerment, Azad said the present government has ensured girl's education up to degree level free of cost to bring them in the mainstream of development.
Regarding the present power situation, he said people have been experiencing power outage currently as the government has to ensure uninterrupted power supply for irrigation purpose during the current irri-boro season.
He hoped that the situation would improve significantly soon when the irrigation period would over. He urged all to keep patients for the sake of increased food production to feed the country's present 16 crore people.
Since 1985, a literary award titled "Bangladesh Lekhika Sangha Shahitya Padak" is given every year to two renowned writers of the country, irrespective of gender, marking the founding anniversary of the organization.