Municipal mayors seek more power

Staff Correspondent

23 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Municipal mayors throughout the country on Tuesday called for an amendment to the Conciliation of Disputes (Municipal Areas) Board Act, 2004 and giving them more control to settle disputes at a local level.

The village court under Union Parishad has more power than the municipal authority for resolution of disputes under the Conciliation of Disputes Board Act, they said.

They came up with the call while speaking at a webinar organised by Municipal Association of Bangladesh (MAB), a platform for mayors of municipalities, Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), Madaripur Legal Aid Association and Citizen’s Platform for SDGs Bangladesh.

President of MAB and Mayor of Nilphamari municipality Dewan Abdul Kamal said, “The municipal authorities can impose a maximum fine of Tk 25,000 under the Act while a village court can impose a fine of Tk 75,000.”

He said the amendment to the Act is essential to ensure justice for the urban people.

“Municipalities are not empowered enough to resolve a conflict. As a result, the local body cannot play a proactive role in this regard. The municipality board act is now dead which needs to be revived through reforms,” he said.