A group of as many as 15 young men from the Bamankhan village of Jhalakathi Sadar Upazila took the initiative and repaired about one kilometre of a damaged dirt road that connects Bamankhan, Bamankathi and Aoukhira villages. We applaud them for their good work which will make life a little easier for the residents of all three villages.
Floods from past years had already damaged the road and the super-cyclone Amphan recently inflicted the worst damage. Villagers—especially school students, women and the elderly—had not been able to use the road during the monsoon when it often went under water because of the rain. And so the villagers had, on multiple occasions, petitioned the members and chairmen of local union parishads concerned to get the road fixed. When asked, a member of Suktagar Union Parishad in Rajapur upazila claimed that they had made attempts to repair the road some days ago, but could not finish the job because of some unspecified problems. The young volunteers, on the other hand, seemed unfazed by such problems, as they completed the repair work in a matter of just days.
The work done by these young men should provide encouragement to the concerned authorities of different communities to involve members of their own areas for the development and improvement of their respective localities—as it is they who have the most stake in it. By properly planning and mobilising members of their own communities, local authorities can also help create jobs in their localities and ensure that young people in their area are involved in productive, rather than destructive, activities.
We call on the government to take note of the fact that, if given a proper chance, the youth of this country can contribute greatly to its improvement.