Minister of Information and Joint General Secretary of Awami League. Hasan Mahmud said, ‘The current government party evaluates meritorious people impartially.’ He said, in awarding freedom medal or Ekushey medal or any other state awards, only those who are truly contributing to the state, society, country are being taken into consideration, as a result meritorious people are being encouraged in the society. He said all this in the chief guest speech at the felicitation ceremony of four Ekushey Padak awardees of Khulna Division organized by ‘Khulna Division Journalist Forum, Dhaka’ at National Press Club’s Maulana Mohammad Akram Khan Auditorium on Saturday (March 18) evening. Congratulating the honorees. Hasan Mahmud said, ‘Congratulations to those who were felicitated today. If you don’t respect the good people, no good people are born in that country. Our main goal is to build a welfare state. Not only development, but for sustainable development, the meritorious should be valued. Journalist Sheikh Nazrul Islam, president of the program and organization, said, “I am proud to give the meritorious honor to Khulna’s meritorious children. The general secretary of the forum, Rizvi Newaz, said that the Khulna Division Journalist Forum will take more initiatives in the future to honor the meritorious people. The Minister of Information handed over the mementos on behalf of journalists of Khulna Division to the artist Manoranjan Ghoshal of Swadhin Bangla Betarkendra of Khulna Division, who was awarded the Ekushey Padak, to the flute player Gazi Abdul Hakim, and to the family members of lawyer and politician Manjurul Imam and actor Jayant Chattopadhyay, who were killed by an assassin in Khulna in 2003.