Akbar Ali quits RRC
Regulatory Reforms Commission (RRC) Chairman Dr Akbar Ali Khan has resigned for what he claimed non-cooperation of the government in running the commission.
“I tendered resignation letter to the prime minister's principal secretary on Thursday and mentioned there that it would be effective from Sunday,” Dr Akbar, also former finance adviser to a caretaker government, told The Daily Star yesterday.
He said the RRC has become dysfunctional and the government apparently wants its closure.
Dr Akbar also blamed the government for making the commission completely non-functional through withdrawal of manpower from it.
Terming his resignation "immaterial", the former finance adviser said he can't contribute to the commission under the prevailing circumstances.
The 17-member RRC was formed by the military-backed caretaker government on October 30, 2007 to bring reforms to the age-old rules and regulations relating to the country's governance, administration and economy.
The tenure of the commission was set at one year but the caretaker government later extended it to three years.
The commission has so far made 153 recommendations, one-third of which has been implemented fully, said Dr Akbar.
Seven percent of the recommendations were partially implemented and 38 percent are under the process of implementation. Fifteen percent are under consideration while the remaining six percent have not even been considered, he said.
The present government has so far implemented two of the recommendations, he said.
Dr Akbar said he doesn't wish to rejoin the post but would do so under two conditions -- he would not serve as a full-timer and would resign if reforms are not carried out.
He said during the caretaker government's tenure the chief adviser's office monitored RRC activities closely, which remains completely absent under the rule of the present government.
The former finance adviser said he wants the RRC to carry on its activities and function effectively unlike other commissions formed by various governments.
The RRC has published a 131-page book titled "Regulatory Reforms Commission 1st Report" in February 2009 with a compilation of the recommendations and their state of implementation.