MPs ‘meddling’ in zila parishads, Administrators demand end to lawmakers’ advisory role

Administrators appointed to the zila parishads (district councils) yesterday demanded the removal of lawmakers from the post of advisers to the councils accusing them of interfering in the local government bodies. They raised the demand at a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Gono Bhaban, meeting sources said. The chairmen of upazila parishads (upazila […]

‘Bureaucracy also making upazila dysfunctional’

A baseline study on upazila governance projects has found that undue intervention by MPs is not the only reason behind ineffective upazila parishads, and pointed out that bureaucratic control over the departments was equally to blame. The Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies research pointed out that executive officers of the upazilas form as many committees […]

Councils unlocking competence powers

A programme to improve primary school performance (pictured), and another providing loan finance to local businesses, are among the schemes councils have developed using the General Power of Competence (GPC). But these examples of innovation are further proof of why local government needs to be trusted with greater freedoms to help their communities, according to […]

Erosion takes serious turn in Sariakandi

BOGRA, AUG 1: The erosion in the river Jamuna has taken serious turn at different points in Sariakandi upazila of the district recently with the rise of water level in the river creating immense sufferings to the erosion victims. Sources said that at least 100 families of the upazila rendered homeless in the last few […]

Roundtable discussion on ‘Effective Upazila Parishad: Problems and Ways Out’, ‘For effective local government, political will is necessary’

Political will and committed decisions are necessary for having effective local government bodies including the Upazila Parisad. At the same time, authorities of MPs over the local government bodies have to be curtailed. Politicians, representatives of local government, experts and development professionals gave this opinion at a roundtable discussion entitled “Effective Upazila Parishad: Problems and […]