The three-day conference of the deputy commissioners (DCs) ended on Thursday with a pledge to serve the people with utmost sincerity and take effective measures to curb corruption and tackle the fresh spike in coronavirus cases.
The government has asked the DCs to prioritise good governance to ensure justice and a better life for the people as pledged by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
While inaugurating the annual conference on Tuesday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina underscored the need for ensuring good governance to materialise the dreams of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman which is the key goal of her government.
“I believe with the sincere efforts of all, it’ll be possible for us to achieve Father of the Nation’s dreams through building his Sonar Bangla (Golden Bengal) after establishing good governance and attaining inclusive growth,” she said.
The Prime Minister focused on the need for coordination among the public representatives and the officials of the administration, including the DCs, saying Zila Parishad, Upazila Parishad and Union Parishad representatives have some commitments to their people, and the DCs will have to work to this end.
She asked the field officials to put special attention to poverty eradication in rural areas and make people self-reliant keeping the economic impact of coronavirus in mind.
Sheikh Hasina said the living standard of the grass-roots people must be enhanced to make Bangladesh free from poverty.
Curbing corruption was another important issue in this year’s DC conference.
Stating that the DCs have the opportunity to know where corruption is taking place in their respective district and which officials are involved in it, Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Mohammad Moinuddin Abdullah said, “You have to maintain the ‘zero tolerance’ policy on corruption.”
The government has also emphasised on the environment issue. State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury told the DCs to get tough on the river encroachers to prevent river grabbing and pollution while State Minister of Water Resources Zahid Faruk told them to stop sand mining and building houses or illegal structures on riverbanks and embankments.
Apart from these, the issues of land management, law enforcement, disaster management, generating employment at the local level, expanding social safety net activities, ICT and e-governance, education, physical infrastructure and development activities were also discussed at the conference.
This year, the conference was curtailed to a three-day one from a five-day one and shifted to the Osmani Memorial Auditorium instead of being held at the meeting room of the Cabinet Division due to the fresh surge in coronavirus cases.