Chairman can treat UP as an extension of family
Sarder Bahadur Ali
I got elected eight times as a chairman of UP since 1973. I experienced a lot of things during my chairmanship. Once I was a school teacher. The experience has made me realize that nothing is possible to achieve without trust and love of people. Elected representatives will have only one objective, i.e., to love people and serve them. If s/he loves people by heart then, in response of that, people will also love her/him. People can come forward to make success stories of his/her development efforts. It is not possible to make programmes successful in Union Parishad without united efforts. So, the chairman should take initiative to involve people in all UP activities. But it is not possible for him to go far if s/he doesn’t treat UP as an extension of his/her home. Everybody has love and affection for his/her family, need to do same for the people of that Union Parishad. Besides, s/he needs to be a methodical one. The chairman needs to implement practical strategies from salish (local justice system) to selection of projects. If chairman tries to understand the limitations, s/he can escape from crisis. Irrespective of party and ideological affiliation the chairman can do work for all. There is a need to erase from her/his thoughts as to who voted him and who did not. I can make a proposal to government for running a 15/20 days training programmes for them in NILG. If an NGO comes forward in these efforts then difference of opinions will arise. So I am in favour of organising training for them by a government institution. There are complaints that many chairmen don’t do office regularly. So a chairman needs to do office according to the schedule. Chairmen are involved in different professions. But their service to the people needs to get priority. Besides, the government needs to consider issues related to reasonable remuneration of a chairman as well other elected representatives. Many UPs didn’t do Ward Shovas. This should be conducted. The standing committees are not active in many UPs. All liabilities are counted into account of chairman. If chairman becomes strong and bold in practice then it is possible to overcome those problems easily and he can make UP as a people’s friendly organization. This will create transparency and accountability of a UP. If the government takes the initiative, then this will be helpful for a UP to work smoothly. For example, if the government recruits an Assistant Engineer there is no need to depend on Upazila Parishad for the relevant service. Additional manpower can help to perform UP activities smoothly. Chairman can raise these matters before the government.
Chairman, Durbadanga Union Parishad, Manirampur, Jessore