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61 Zila Parishads

AL men appointed administrators

The government yesterday appointed administrators to 61 zila parishads (district councils); most of them are top Awami League leaders of the districts.

The appointment came about nine months after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced in parliament that the government will appoint chairmen to all zila parishads to make the local government stronger.

The LGRD and cooperatives ministry has issued gazette notifications on the appointments. However, no administrators have been appointed in three hill districts yet.

“According to the constitution, a zila parishad should be run by an elected representative. No successive government ever held polls to zilla parishads,” said Zarina Rahman Khan, a professor at Dhaka University public administration department.

Instead of making the local government more powerful, the government is controlling it, she told The Daily Star.

Prof Badiul Alam Majumdar, secretary of Sujan, a civil society platform, said “Appointing administrator is not only the violation of constitution but also goes against a High Court decision.”

He said the HC in a ruling in 1992 asked the government to hold elections to zila parishads. But no government paid heed to it.

During the autocratic rule of HM Ershad, lawmakers were appointed chairmen to zila parishads. With the fall of Ershad's regime, the chairmen, most of whom were MPs from his Jatiya Party, were removed and deputy commissioners were made ex-officio chairmen.

In 2000, the Awami League-led government repealed the Zila Parishad Act, 1988 and passed the current law with a provision for direct polls to zila parishads. But no elections to the parishads have been held so far, allowing bureaucrats to run them.

In its 2008 election manifesto, the party pledged that the district council will be strengthened through decentralisation of power. “The district council will be transformed into centres for implementing programmes on education and health and all other development plans and programmes and for maintenance of law of order,” it said.

The Daily Star talked to some administrators last night. They said they did not know ahead of time that they were about to be appointed as the administrators.

“I had no idea about this appointment. Nobody communicated with me until 3:00pm today [yesterday] when district council office sought my bio-data,” said Suvash Chandra Bose, the Narail district council administrator and also the president of the district AL.

He claimed the government had appointed these administrators on an ad-hoc basis.

Shah Hadiuzzaman, Jessore district council administrator and also the vice president of the district AL said, first he came to know about the appointment from television.

Those, who have been appointed, include Abu Bakar Siddique in Panchagarh, Sadek Koraishi in Thakurgaon, Azizul Imam Chowdhury in Dinajpur, Motajul Islam in Nilphamari, Motiar Rahman in Lalmonirhat, Rezina Razzak in Rangpur, Maj Gen (retd) Amsa Amin in Kurigram, Syed Shamsul Alam Hiru in Gaibandha, SM Solaiman Ali in Joypurhat, Mokbul Hossain in Bogra, Mainuddin Mondol in Chapainawabganj, Fazley Rabbi in Naogaon, Mahbub Jamal Bhulu in Rajshahi, Sajedur Rahman Khan in Natore, Ahmed Majid Mandol in Sirajganj, Saidul Huq Chunnu in Pabna, Miajon Ali in Meherpur, Zahid Hossain Zafor in Kushtia, Maj (retd) Alimuzzaman Zoarder in Chuadanga, Wahed Joarder in Jhenidah, Shah Hadiuzzaman in Jessore, Syed Shariful Islam in Magura, Subas Chandra Bosh in Narail, Sheikh Kamruzzaman Tuku in Bagerhat, Shaikh Harun-or-Rashid in Khulna, Monsur Ahmed in Satkhira, Mohammad Jahangir Kabir in Barguna, Mosharraf Hossain in Patuakhali, Abdul Momin Tulu in Bhola, Mukhlesur Rahman in Barisal, Sarker Mohammad Shah Alam in Jhalakathi, Mohammad Akram Hossain in Pirojpur, Mohammad Fazlur Rahman Faruk in Tangail, Mohammad Shahidullah in Jamalpur, Abdul Halim in Sherpur, Zahirul Haque in Mymensingh, Motiur Rahman in Netrakona, Zillur Rahman in Kishoreganj, Golam Mohiuddin in Manikganj, Mohiuddin Ahmed in Munshiganj, Hasina Doula in Dhaka, Asaduzzaman in Narsingdi, Akhteruzzaman in Gazipur, Abdul Hai in Narayanganj, Akbar Ali Morji in Rajbari, Kazi Joynal Abedin in Faridpur, Kazi Abdur Rashid in Gopalganj, Miajuddin Khan in Madaripur, Mojibur Rahman Master in Shariatpur, Enamul Kabir in Sunamganj, Abu Sufian in Sylhet, Azizur Rahman in Moulvibazar, M Musfiq Hossain Chowdhury in Habiganj, Syed AKM Emdadul Bari in Brahmanbaria, M Omar Faruque in Comilla, Lt Col (retd) Abu Osman Chowdhury in Chandpur, Aziz Ahmed Chowdhury in Feni, ABM Zaforullah in Noakhali, Shahjahan Kamal in Laxmipur, MA Salam in Chittagong, and Mostaq Ahmed in Cox's Bazar.

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This move that is to say the appointment of administrators to 61 districts must be challenged in the court. Our SC/HC judges are the champions of upholding the dignity of the nation; they joined hands to the government to scrape the caretaker system. After all unelected persons must not rule even for a short period of time. I am wondering, what will these judges say now? Isn't a time to issue a suo moto to government instead of issuing explicit threat to send entire Biman management into jail?

: Jumana Sarwar

This is nepotism. This is exactly what BNP-Jamaat did. AL is not showing any better character than BNP-Jamaat party.

Change your behavior otherwise you will lose again for many years.

: Firko

Comments

  • Dr. Ahsan Habib
    Friday, December 16, 2011 03:28 AM GMT+06:00 (134 weeks ago)

    Reminds me of 1975.

  • sarwar, Riyadh
    Friday, December 16, 2011 12:46 PM GMT+06:00 (134 weeks ago)

    We take all sorts of tricky autocratic devilish decisions in the guise of democracy and then ultimately mess up and fail to remain in power and then again blame our army and outside world for conspiracy.

    Nation silently observes the trickery of leadership and stays behind!

    Curse on these leaders!

  • Manzoor Ashraf
    Friday, December 16, 2011 03:43 AM GMT+06:00 (134 weeks ago)

    People must unite and boot out this government.

  • probashi
    Friday, December 16, 2011 05:43 AM GMT+06:00 (134 weeks ago)

    Its another move forward to loot peoples' money in a more organised way and to consolidate autocratic rule at grass root levet.

  • Abdul Patwary
    Friday, December 16, 2011 12:54 PM GMT+06:00 (134 weeks ago)

    Our great leader spoke like a champion of Democracy in Bali. Is her actions backing her words? Has she parted from old ways as advocated in her speech? To impose her power she has violated the constitution, high court order and her own election manifesto. Is she a democrat or a fascist?. It is so easy for her to say one thing and do just the opposite.

  • Nh
    Friday, December 16, 2011 07:51 AM GMT+06:00 (134 weeks ago)

    Heading toward BAKSAL?

  • Abul Muhammad
    Friday, December 16, 2011 12:19 PM GMT+06:00 (134 weeks ago)

    This is sad seeing the democratically elected Government is appointing non-elected people as Zila Parishad Chairmen. This is against the democratic spirit and people love democracy shaken by the move. We were told this will strengthen the local government system, no doubt about it and filling the post quickly is important as well. However, following the right process is important too.

    The next national election is in two years time, appointing non-elected personnel in such high-level and powerful positions do not portray good sign. We would beg please make the process right because we are interested to govern by the elected people.

  • Abul Muhammad
    Friday, December 16, 2011 11:12 AM GMT+06:00 (134 weeks ago)

    This is sad seeing the democratically elected government is appointing non-elected person as Zila Parishad Chairman. This is against the democratic spirit and people those love democracy shaken by the move. The appointment is done by order, it would be very timely if the government withdraw the order and call for Zila parishad election. We were told this will strengthen the local government system, no doubt about it and filling the post quickly is important as well. But we have to remember following proper process is also very important, here we see deviation. The next national election is in two years time, appointing non-elected personnel in such high level and powerful position pointing something wrong somewhere. Time to follow the process right has not gone out of hand yet, we would beg please make the process right we are interested to govern by the elected people.

  • janab.mian
    Friday, December 16, 2011 03:04 AM GMT+06:00 (134 weeks ago)

    She is intoxicated with power and no clue where she is heading. The wise take lesson from history.

  • Abdul Aziz Mir
    Friday, December 16, 2011 05:56 AM GMT+06:00 (134 weeks ago)

    These decentralizations structure possibly will not bring the good purpose of the people. Normally this type of decision should be at least all parties' mutual agreement,

    If our political parties do not respect the opinions of the general people. Before also this kind of decision failed in our country, but the problem is our political leaders never learn from the history. Decentralization is the fundamental structure of any country to be development. All development countries are exists these system. Mr.Ershad Era decentralizations were excellent administrative system, ever shining any administrative choice in Bangladesh history. But due to the dirty & filthy political culture of our country, the system died before receiving the fruitiness. Therefore this type of prime decision must be accommodating absolute majority's opinions of the people and parties.

  • Anonymous
    Friday, December 16, 2011 06:11 AM GMT+06:00 (134 weeks ago)

    Well done the AL government. The country belongs to you by virtue of Sheikh Muujibur Rahaman who surrendered to Pakistan army when his followers were fighting the liberation war and his wife was getting monthly payment from Pakistan government.

  • Anonymous
    Friday, December 16, 2011 06:18 AM GMT+06:00 (134 weeks ago)

    These decentralizations structure possibly will not bring the good purpose of the people. Normally this type of decision should be at least all parties' mutual agreement,

    If our political parties do not respect the opinions of the general people. Before also this kind of decision failed in our country, but the problem is our political leaders never learn from the history. Decentralization is the fundamental structure of any country to be development. All development countries are exists these system.Mr.Ershad Era decentralizations were excellent administrative system, ever shining any administrative choice in Bangladesh history. But due to the dirty & filthy political culture of our country, the system died before receiving the fruitiness. Therefore this type of prime decision must be accommodating absolute majority's opinions of the people and parties.

  • Abul Muhammad
    Friday, December 16, 2011 09:30 AM GMT+06:00 (134 weeks ago)

    This is sad seeing the democratically elected Government is appointing non-elected person as Zila Parishad Chairman. This is against the democratic spirit and people those love democracy shaken by the move. The appointment is done by order, it would be very timely if the government withdraw the order and call for Zila parishad election. We were told this will strengthen the local government system, no doubt about it and filling the post quickly is important as well. But we have to remember following proper process is also very important, here we see deviation. The next national election is in two years time, appointing non-elected personnel in such high level and powerful position pointing something wrong somewhere. Time to follow the process right has not gone out of hand yet, we would beg please make the process right we are interested to govern by the elected people.

  • Firko
    Friday, December 16, 2011 11:55 AM GMT+06:00 (134 weeks ago)

    Bangladesh needs a strong party to oppose AL, otherwise AL will become a bad party. We are yet matured to enjoy democracy. So, we need a strong party to challenge AL. However, BNP-Jamaat is not a strong party to challenge AL. Jamaat is using BNP as its stair to lift upward. On the other hand, BNP is a cantonement oriented party. Although anti-AL people voted BNP last time, the chance has been scandalized by the sons of Begum Zia. Now, if you come to lift sons of Begum Zia to a level of leadership of Bangladesh, it will be worse than anything in Bangladesh history.

  • Raihan Sharif
    Friday, December 16, 2011 01:06 PM GMT+06:00 (134 weeks ago)

    And the AL, contrary to everything it pledged to the people and the constitution, strengthens its grip on the country's electoral machinery: the removal of the caretaker system by judicial fiat, the systematic strangling of the opposition. the reduction of parliament to a rubber stamp status, the division of Dhaka and now this. It's a re-enactment of BAKSAL, a twenty-first century version done more skilfully in order to set it up on a more permanent basis.


 

 


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