Reform political system for good governance
Speakers at a discussion here yesterday said the government should carry forward the agenda of reforms, and political parties must endure reforms in political system to ensure sustainable changes and good governance.
They said nurturing of morality and ethics has become the demand of time as the continuing moral degradation may turn the best laws and attempts of reforms into a futile exercise.
They also called for enactment of the right to information law, implementation of the women development policy, restoration of 1972 constitution and formulation of a unified education policy.
The discussion titled 'Governance reform prioritisation exercise' was organised by the Institute of Governance Studies (IGS) of Brac University at a city restaurant.
IGS Consultant Dr Shahnaz Karim and Project Officer Dr Ekram Hossain jointly moderated the discussion.
Nawsher Ali, joint secretary of Awami League city unit, Enamul Haque, general secretary of district unit of the Communist Party of Bangladesh, Blast Lawyer Abdus Samad, Sufia Islam, councilor of Rajshahi City Corporation, Kalpana Roy, general secretary of Rajshahi Mahila Parishad, NGO activists Fayezullah Chowdhury and Shamim Ara, Murad Morshed, coordinator of Gono Sanghati Andolon, and M Hafiz Uddin, former general secretary of Bangladesh Jubo Union, also took part in the discussion.
The speakers observed that discrimination among the citizens is increasing due to lack of an appropriate education policy, and standard of education is falling due to lack of quality teachers and shortage of facilities.
They said recruitments without considering merit and qualifications are accelerating moral degradation in educational institutions.
The speakers urged the government to restrain parliament members from interfering with the affairs of local government and demanded withdrawal of the decision of allocating rooms for lawmakers at upazila parishads saying that it would hamper establishing good governance at the grassroots level.
They expressed resentment at the failure of the Election Commission to check interference of ruling party stalwarts in the upazila elections.
They also demanded independence of the institutions like judiciary, Anti-Corruption Commission and Election Commission.