Strengthened local governments needed for cherished national uplift: Speakers

Strengthened local governments needed for cherished national uplift: Speakers

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Substantial and sustainable strengthening of the local government institutions has become the precondition to cherished elevation of the people’s fate, discussants at a meeting said.
They viewed the local bodies should be given the responsibilities of devising ways and means how can they improve living and livelihood condition of their respective grassroots people.The observations came at a daylong workshop styled “Formation of Union Development Coordination Committee (UDCC) and its Activities” held at Rajshahi Shilpakala Academy auditorium here on Monday. District Administration organized the workshop in association with Japan International Cooperation Agencies (JICA) Bangladesh targeting public representatives of the local bodies like Upazila Parishad and Union Parishad of the district.Commissioner of Rajshahi division Helaluddin Ahmed addressed the workshop as chief guest with Dipak Ranjan Adhikary, Deputy Director(Local Government Division) of the district administration, in the chair. Deputy Commissioner Mejbah Uddin Chowdhury and JICA Representative Azizur Rahman Chowdhury also spoke as special guests.The speakers said Bangladesh is a country of small area. On the contrary, it has huge population. Only the central government isn’t capable to ensure all requisite utility services to the huge population in many times. In this situation, uplifting of peoples fate couldn’t be possible without strengthening local government.They, however, said there are enormous scopes of strengthening the local government through developing relation between service providers and receivers. Besides, there are many lacking in the local government structure. For which, they are dependent on the government allocation for implementing various projects. The dependency will continue until its economic emancipation is ensured.The discussants stressed the need on full-length ensuring of UDCC for capacity building, transparency, accountability and improved coordination of the local government. District and Upazila level officials concerned, Upazila and UP chairmen and secretaries attended the workshop. -BSS, Rajshahi

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