We are dismayed by the prevailing situation at Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) where, according to a daily sun report, only 763 employees are working against its 1,858 approved posts thereby hampering its service delivery to a great extent. Because of this phenomenon, DNCC is now struggling to provide basic amenities to its residents. It is an open truth that the city residents are already suffering from various problems, including lack of birth and death registration facilities, acute mosquito menace, water-logging, dilapidated roads, haphazard waste disposal and absence of community centres, playgrounds and parks.
What is more appalling to see in the DNCC report of March 2019 where it clearly states that the corporation’s urban planning section is the worst-affected department where only two employees work against 12 posts. Imagine it, how are they struggling to cope with the heavy workload created by the unfilled posts. Shortage of manpower is a huge burden for both the corporation and the public. People are forced to visit the corporation office several times to get things done.Being the capital of a country, Dhaka city has significant influence on the nation’s overall development. So, it is the need of the hour to address the challenges of the capital city on an urgent basis. However, there is a ray of hope for the DNCC residents on the other side of the tunnel despite the adverse effects of manpower crisis.
As per disclosure of the corporation’s secretary, the manpower crisis is going to be resolved soon as the government has passed the Dhaka North City Corporation Karmachari Chakri Bidhimala-2019, enabling the city corporation to recruit manpower as per demand. The Ministry of Local Government has also instructed the DNCC authorities to recruit manpower keeping pace with its revenue earning.
A city corporation is supposed to be a place that not only provides basic amenities to its residents, but also a place of hope for them. The hope is for building Sonar Bangla as dreamt by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.