Councillors’ reluctance to designated duties

26 August, 2019 12:00 AM printer

A task aimed at serving millions of people necessarily need to be performed in a coordinated manner with active participation of all concerned. And if the job revolves round the killing of mosquito larvae and fighting dengue in any part of the overcrowded city, active participation of all stakeholders, especially of the councillors, is obligatory to achieve maximum result.

But regrettably most of the councillors both in the North and South City Corporations are allegedly unconcerned about people’s sufferings and the need for fighting the mosquito menace. More than two-thirds of the councillors not only refrain from the anti-mosquito drive but also do not attend meetings, even after being invited to take part in them. Obviously, this is one of the main reasons why the anti-mosquito drive achieved so little.

Councillors are elected representatives and as such should stand by the people in times of need. There is no denying the fact that the dengue epidemic has thrown the inhabitants of Dhaka into a grave crisis. During such a predicament, councillors are expected and duty bound to play an active role in the fight against the vector-borne disease. But the elected representatives of the people have clearly forgotten the promises they made while seeking votes. Now the situation has come to a pretty pass when people have started protesting the inaction of the councillors and even filing law suits against them. The lackadaisical attitude of the councillors to the life and death question of the people is completely unacceptable.

A councillor is well informed about the situation in his locality and as such in a position to suggest better measures and can play effective role in mitigating people’s sufferings. The inaction of most of the councillors has only led to the aggravation of people’s miseries.

The dengue epidemic has put to test the commitment of the councillors. But surely this is not the last of the tests. It is therefore time for the councillors to rise to the occasion and always remain proactive in mitigating people’s sufferings. If not, they will be voted out in the next election.