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Governance

Growth and governance: Making the transition

ONE striking feature of the results of the last Secondary School Certificate examinations may have escaped our attention. Nearly 10% of more than a million successful candidates secured the highest grades, leaving no way of identifying the top 1% or even the top 5%. Evidently, a deliberate policy of grade inflation in public examinations is undermining the merit system. This phenomenon is perhaps symptomatic of a decline in meritocracy, with a concomitant rise of mediocrity, in all aspects of...

Governance at stake

Governance at stake

AFTER the January 5 Parliamentary election in which the Al won a massive majority, anxious citizens were hoping that peace would prevail. But belying people's expectation, the country is witnessing a steady a worsening of law and order. However, despite all the odds, the people are optimistic about democratic governance. The agenda for this...

Present predicaments and the way out ...

For some inexplicable reasons, there appears to be a strange sense of complacency in the government. It could be because the government-party leaders do not quite know as to what to do, and how to act. They know that they have managed to land in a situation, and it is in their selfish interest to try and continue to be there, by hook or by crook, for as long as they can. And they perhaps know that under such...

Editorial

LGRD bodies' 10 percent

THE TIB report portrays a very dark picture of the local government bodies. But it only reconfirms what is already public knowledge. The said report shows that bribery, which is employed to grease the palms of various officials, nepotism and political influence, determine the approval of local government projects. This picture is fairly representative of the state of affairs in almost all the government ministries and departments. What is perhaps news is the percentage of the project funds, 10...

Ex-CJ Khairul frustrated at weak governance

Ex-CJ Khairul frustrated at weak governance

Expressing frustration over weak governance of the country today, former chief justice ABM Khairul Haque termed the law enforcement in Bangladesh as the “poorest of the poor”. “In our country there are so many laws that it outnumbers even that of England. In a civilised world, laws are enforced, but here it is so poor,” he said. Haque, who is now the chairman of Bangladesh Law Commission, added that the conviction rate in Bangladesh is only 10 to 12 percent. His comments came at a discussion organised by Poribesh Bachao Andolon (Poba) on “Marine resources of Bangladesh and environmental conservation” at the city’s Cirdap auditorium. Haque was the chief guest. “Governance is the...

Governance goes down further

Governance in the country has deteriorated further though the government adopted a National Integrity Strategy to improve the situation in 2012, according to Transparency International Bangladesh. “A dysfunctional parliament, an all-powerful executive, an exploited judiciary, and an increasingly politicised bureaucracy and police force have essentially eroded the check and balances that are pivotal to good governance,” the TIB said in a study report released at a press conference in the capital yesterday. The anti-graft watchdog assessed the performance of 15 institutions,...

Law Opinion

Ensuring governance in NGOs

Ensuring governance in NGOs

NGOs or civil society organisations, which initially focused on relief and rehabilitation activities in Bangladesh, have turned out today to be one of the most important contributors in the development activities, irrespective of the argument that their functions should have primarily focused on promoting democratic institutions instead. These days, NGOs or civil society...

Editorial

Strategise water usage

INTER-ministerial coordination for managing our water and energy resources has never been up to the mark. It is largely due to this reason that water governance for planned utilisation of water was absent in Bangladesh. For instance, water is closely linked to energy and environment, and inaction over environmental degradation resulted in a national economic loss of Tk. 44, 633 crore, which is over four percent of Bangladesh's Gross Domestic Product, in the fiscal years 2012-13. What is more...

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