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Ensure good governance

PM directs DCs

  • Special Correspondent
  • 15 July, 2019 12:00 AM
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Ensure good governance

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday directed deputy commissioners to ensure good governance at all levels of administration taking support from the public representatives, besides taking steps to uproot militancy.

“Besides taking steps to check militancy, drug abuse and other social menaces, you must ensure good governance at levels with the support from public representatives,” she said while opening a five-day DC conference at Prime Minister’s Office complex in the capital.

The premier also gave 31-point directives to DCs for the country’s overall development.

Sheikh Hasina also asked DCs to be careful that none is harassed or neglected while taking government services.

She said those, who offer or receive bribe, are equally guilty.

“If we work keeping this in mind, then it will be possible for us to get rid of the practice of giving and taking bribes,” she said.

The prime minister said her government is tirelessly working to spread the touch of development to the grassroots.

“Our development is not for a handful of people. We are doing that for changing the people’s lifestyle at grass roots level, increasing their purchasing capacity, graduating from the poverty line and stopping the tendency to come to the city from rural areas,” she said.

Talking about the overall development of a district, the premier asked field-level employees of the republic to consider the population and geographic area of a particular district.

“We have proved that it is possible to develop the country if anyone wants to do so,” she said.

Mentioning her government’s efforts to turn the country a developed one by 2041, she said the country developed a lot in the last 10 years.

“Bangladesh’s geographic position in South Asia is in a very important place.  We can build Bangladesh as a bridge between the east and the west,” she said.

Regarding the population of the country, Sheikh Hasina said sometimes some people think that population is a burden.

“But I do not consider it as burden. I think if we can transform this population into a skilled workforce, this population will become our main power,” she said.

She also said skilled manpower will be useful for the country and play a role in economic development of other countries as well.

The premier gave utmost importance to the planned use of the fertile land and said that the government is establishing some 100 economic zones across the country.

“All industrialisation will be done in these economic zones. There will be no scope to set up industries indiscriminately. Tough legal steps have to be taken in this connection,” she said.

She also asked field-level officials to formulate plans up to union level for various kinds of purposes, including land and waste management.

Giving the directives, the premier asked DCs to take necessary steps to celebrate centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 2020 and celebrate the golden jubilee of independence in 2021.

She also directed DCs to be more sincere in poverty eradication, encourage mass people to use ICT, work with public representatives for ensuring good governance, looking after the matter of school dropouts, bring transparency in land management, ensure hassle-free distribution of fertiliser, seeds, power and fuel for agricultural production, raise awareness against contaminated food items, reduce the case congestions in courts by making village courts effective, play an effective role in keeping peaceful situation in the industrial areas and strengthening the market monitoring system to check market manipulation with an iron hand, check women and children torture, trafficking, dowry, eve-teasing and adolescent marriage and stop violence against women.

She also said she wanted to empower the local government with the aim of decentralising the administration.

State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain, and PM’s Principal Secretary Nozibur Rahman and Cabinet Secretary Shafiul Alam also spoke at the conference.

Khulna Divisional Commissioner Lokman Hossain Miah, Tangail DC Shahidul Islam, Sherpur DC Anar Koli Mahbub and Chittagong DC Mohammad Ilias Hossain spoke on the occasion on behalf of divisional commissioners and deputy commissioners.

DC conference is an annual meeting of the heads of districts with government policymakers aimed at discussing policy matters and development strategies to gear up the field-level administration.

The conference plays an active role in determining and solving problems and strategies for implementation of government policies and programmes at the grassroots level.

Ministers, PM’s advisers, state ministers, deputy ministers, senior secretaries and secretaries concerned attended the function.

A views-exchange meeting was held with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina after the inaugural session.

Some 29 working sessions will be held in this year’s conference. Ministers, advisors, state-ministers, deputy ministers and senior secretaries of 54 ministries and divisions will participate in it. Some 333 proposals made by the DCs will be discussed this year.

The main topics of the conference are - land management, development of law and order situation, local government establishments, disaster management, relief and rehabilitation, poverty alleviation, social securities, using of information communication and technologies, development of the quality of education, health services and development activities and implementation of the activities.