A majority of the elected councilors in Dhaka South and North City Corporation are nonchalant about fighting mosquito menace in their respective wards.
Sources said most of the councilors do not attend regular meeting and awareness programme to destroy mosquito breeding grounds since they prefer their own tasks to public programmes.A city resident of Mirpur under DNCC ward 2 recently sued its councilor for his inaction to control mosquito in his ward while another in West Jurain under ward 53 threatened to stage a sit-in to protest their councilor inaction.
Among 72 general and reserve seat councilors of DNCC, only a few of them are seen playing a proactive role that includes mayor Atiqul’s close aides panel mayor Aleya Sarwar Daisy, councilors Dewan Abdul Manan, Dr Zinnat and Mofizur Rahman .
Among 100 general and reserve seat councilors of DSCC, only some councilors including mayor Sayeed Khokon’s close aides Hasibur Rahman Manik, Omar Bin Abdal Aziz and Abu Ahmed Monnafi are found proactive.
While BNP-backed councilors of two City Corporation don’t take part in any activities and some are in hiding due to a number of cases against them.
On August 21, DNCC arranged an evaluation meeting on dengue control and cleanliness with local government minister Tajul Islam as the chief guest and DNCC mayor in chair which aimed to exchange views with councilors to fight dengue. But less than one third of the councilors attended the meeting.
Talking to daily sun, public relations officer A S M Mamun said local government minister invited all councilors of DNCC to the view exchange meeting to control the mosquito and dengue in the city.The minister said, “To control dengue proactive councilors are needed as they are elected by the people.”
He also declared that they would reward the proactive councilors while inactive councilors will be punished.
On the other hand, DSCC mayor Sayeed Khokon arranged a meeting with councilors on 20 August and requested them to play a proactive role.”
But things remained almost the same till now as no visible action could be seen taken by any councilors to control dengue. Contacted, Sajjad Hossain, DNCC 2 ward councilor, said, “In our ward there are six lakh people. If only one person is aggrieved and files a general dairy, what can I do? I am doing my job every day”.
DSCC 53 ward councilor Nur Hossain said, “The allegation of inaction to control dengue is not true. We are providing aerosol to taxpayers who turn up to our office with their documents. We have provided it to the schools. Besides, we are spraying pesticide in our areas.”
“If someone brings allegation against us and threaten us with protest, they might have a political motive.”
Talking to the daily sun, at least two councilors alleged that DSCC mayor does not need them and he needs officials. “We don’t know about the development work of our wards. The mayor gets development work done by his officials,” said one of the councilors, seeking anonymity.
Even, a councilor of DNCC in a meeting with Mayor Atiqul Islam said the mayor does not regard them, and think of them corrupt, and for this, they don’t take part in DNCC progrmame.
The correspondent made a number of calls to DNCC mayor but could not reach him over phone.