Don’t misuse power | 2019-07-16

Don’t misuse power

President asks DCs

16 July, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Don’t misuse power

Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das (top left) and French Ambassador to Bangladesh Marie-Annick Bourdin (top right) meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina seperately at the latter’s official Ganabhaban residence in the capital on Monday. (Bottom) The prime minister speaks at a programme marking the inauguration of seven housing development projects for cabinet members, secretaries and government officials in the city’s Eskaton area on the day. - PID PHOTO

Mentioning that the exercise of power is inevitable for running the administration in a proper way, President Abdul Hamid on Monday said stopping the practice of power abuse is more important than exercising it, reports UNB.

“You’re working as coordinators and supervisors of various activities of the government in your respective districts which is playing an important role in overall development of the country. Responsibility and power are given to each level of bureaucracy and political leadership. It’s essential to exercise power for performing responsibilities in a proper and fair way. But it’s more important to ensure that power is not abused,” he said.

The President was addressing the ongoing Deputy Commissioner’s conference at Bangabhaban in the evening.

Calling for maintaining the value of duty and responsibility at workplace consciously, the President said, “We shouldn’t forget that the country achieved the independence under the leadership of Bangabandhu. Only for this, I’d been able to become President while you secretaries, divisional commissioners and deputy commissioners. Would you have been able to reach this position had the country not achieved the independence? So, you have to prioritise the interests of the people and the country.” He also asked the DCs to serve people as their servants, not lords. “Deliver services to people’s doorsteps.”

Describing the social safety programme as a very effective tool to reduce poverty establishing justice in the society, Abdul Hamid directed them to play an effective role in meeting the basic rights of the poor, and ensuring social safety and empowerment of people, especially women. “You have to ensure that the real poor get the benefits from the programme,” he added.

He put emphasis on ensuring monitoring to end the influence of middlemen in foodgrain procurement. “The production will be affected if farmers don’t get fair prices for their produces. You have to take all necessary measure to this end.”

The President also asked the deputy commissioners to remain always ready to face any natural calamity, and protect forests, rivers and hills from the illegal encroachers.