Strengthening local govt for institutionalizing democracy stressed'

Strengthening local govt for institutionalizing democracy stressed’

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Speakers at an advocacy meeting have stressed for strengthening the local government institutions to give democracy an institutional shape ensuring accountability in the activities of the local government bodies at the grassroots.
They suggested for enhancing skills of the union parishad chairmen, members and secretaries to achieve the goals of empowering the grassroots people through ensuring their involvements with all development activities in their localities. Non-governmental organisation BRAC organised the daylong advocacy meeting in association with Pirgachha upazila administration on ‘Developing and Strengthening Local Government Bodes’ at Pirgachha upazila parishad auditorium on Thursday.The advocacy meeting was organised by BRAC under its Social Empowerment Programme (SEP) with the assistances of the Union Parishad Governance Project for the union chairmen, members and secretaries of Kawnia upazila. With Pirgachha UNO Alia Ferdous Jahan in the chair, upazila chairman Shah Mohammad Mahbubar Rahman attended and addressed the meeting as the chief guest.Pirgachha upazila vice-chairmen Abdur Rashid Sarker and Tanzina Afroz,union parishad chairmen Afsar Ali, Zoshidul Haque and Anwar Hossain and Rangpur Regional Manager of SEP of BRAC Humayun Rashid addressed as the special guests.Senior District Manager (Gano Natok) of BRAC KMA Sobhan, its Filed Coordinator Sushil Kumar and Pirgachha Upazila Field Organiser Tarik Hossain also addressed. The speakers put maximum emphasis on empowering and increasing efficiency of the local government institutions, public representatives and relaxation of administrative control in the activities of the union parishads to give democracy a firm base.They said uniform development and justice could be ensured through empowering the union parishad bodies and enhancing their capacities in preparing policies, strategies, work-plans and allocating funds ensuring good governance and accountability.The chief guest said that there in no alternative to strengthening of the local government bodies for ensuring smooth development along with institutionalisation of democracy from the bottom fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the rural people. –BSS, Rangpur

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