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No need to become a public representative to serve people: Tazul

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 8 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Local Government, Rural Development (LGRD) and Cooperatives Minister Md Tazul Islam has said that there is no need to be a public representative to serve the people.

Everyone can contribute to the development of the country without being a people’s representative if anyone has the mentality and patriotism, he said.

The LGRD minister made the remark while addressing the biennial general meeting of Cumilla Journalists Forum, Dhaka (CJFD) at Jatiya Press Club in the capital on Friday as the chief guest.

Tazul Islam said, “It is not right to think that one’s life will fail if one is not electing a member or chairman. If you have the mentality and patriotism without being a people’s representative, you can contribute to the development of the country.”

CJFD acting president Shariful Islam presided over the programme while Awami League’s advisory council member Mozaffar Hossain Paltu, Bangladesh Pratidin Editor Naem Nizam, former Jatiya Press Club President Shaukat Mahmood, Ekattor TV editor-in-chief and managing director Mozammel Haque Babu, CJFD General Secretary Sazzad Hossain, its former President Mahmudur Rahman Khokon spoke at the event.

The minister said, “We have differences in profession, religion and caste but we are human. Everyone should be given the respect to everyone which they deserve.”

“There is no opportunity to humiliate anyone. It is not possible to build a developed country without someone. So we have to forget all the differences and work together for the development of the country,” he said

Tazul said the laws of Zila Parishad, upazila Parishad, union Parishad, municipalities and city corporations are being amended to make local government institutions strong and up-to-date. The draft amendments to the Zila Parishad and municipalities have already been passed by the cabinet.

The minister said the appointment of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in the municipality has been criticised but the appointment has resulted in a drastic change in the revenue collection in the appointed municipality.

“Previously, only 38 municipalities could pay their employees, As a result of various initiatives of the ministry, now most of the municipalities can pay salaries and allowances of their employees.”

Regarding DAP, he said, “In early 2021, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made me the convener of the Detailed Area Plan (DAP). I have also conducted seminars and exchanged views with people of different classes and professions during the last one year amid the pandemic. The cabinet committee finalised it on December 30, last year after resolving various issues. Now we are waiting for the gazette.”

Many rivers and canals have been grabbed in Dhaka city. Two city corporations and BIWTA are conducting operations to rescue them. Many have been recovered, he said.