Dhaka, Feb 14 (UNB) – The government has already issued a directive to keep at least six doctors posted in every upazila health complex to ensure the healthcare services for the grassroots, Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque told Parliament on Thursday.
“We’ve taken steps to provide six doctors to each upazila. A directive in this regard has already been issued. The process will be completed within a few days,” he said replying to a supplementary question from opposition MP Fakhrul Imam in the House.
The minister said most allegations that come against the health sector are regarding doctors, particularly the attendance of upazila-level ones.
He, however, said the government is taking adequate steps in this regard.
To ensure the attendance of doctors at the upazila level, Zahid Maleque said, monitoring cells have been set up in his ministry, the Directorate General of Health Services and its divisional offices.
“The monitoring process has started. We’ll be able to ensure the attendance of doctors, if the monitoring tasks can be done proper. If their attendance can be ensured, there’ll be no allegation,” he said.
About the recent visits of Anti-Corruption Commission officials to several hospitals, the minister said they (ACC) found doctors absent there. “If anyone remains absent, it’s considered as corruption,” he added.
Mentioning that the ministry received a number of suggestions from the ACC on the issue, Zahid Maleque said the ministry will follow its guidelines and policy. “We’ll surely try to prevent corruption in the health sector.”
The minister said the ACC has brought corruption allegations against 23 junior officials of the health sector. “We’ll surely take punitive actions against them if they are found guilty.”
Dhaka, Feb 14 (UNB) - State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury on Thursday told parliament that the dredging of 25 rivers, including 13 almost dead ones, are now underway to maintain the navigability of river routes.
“The ongoing dredging work on the 25 rivers will be completed by 2026,” he said.
The state minister came up with the remarks while responding to a question from Awami League MP M Israfil Alam (Naogaon-60).
Of the 25 rivers, he said, 13 are almost dead and dry rivers. “The dredging work is being carried out to bring back the navigability of the rivers.”
The 13 dead rivers are Kongso, Mogra, Chalti, Dudhkumar, Rokti, Baulai, Raksa-Nalar, Arial Khan, Monu, Atrai, Buri, Natun and Moynakata.
Replying to another question from ruling party MP Mujibul Haq (Kishorganj-3), Khalid said 50 ferries are now in operation on different routes while the government has a plan to increase its number further.
“We’ve a plan to increase the number of ferry on different routes run under the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC),” the state minister said.
As part of the plan, he said, two high-quality K-type ferries are now under construction that will go into operation by June 2020.
Khalid said BIWTC placed a proposal to the ministry for constructing two medium ferries with its own finance. “The proposal is now under the approval process.”
Besides, he said, six improved-utility ferries and six improved K-type ferries for the BIWTC will also be constructed.
The state minister said the new ferries may go into operation by June 2022.
Dhaka, Feb 14 (UNB) – BNP has constituted a 154-member fresh convening committee of its associate body Jatiyatabadi Matshajibi Dal dissolving the current one.
Freedom fighter Rafiqul Islam Mahtab has been made convener of the new committee while Abdur Rahim its member secretary, said a party press release on Wednesday.
In 2011, a convening committee of Matshajibi Dal, led by Mahtab and Milon Mehdi, was constituted but they could not form a full-fledged committee over the last eight years.
After a massive debacle in the 11th parliamentary election, BNP started reorgainsing its associate bodies and grassroots to stage a comeback in politics.
Earlier, the party formed the convening committees of Doctors’ Association of Bangladesh (DAB) and Agriculturalists’ Association of Bangladesh (AAB).
Dhaka, Feb 14 (UNB) – Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Thursday asked the election officials to conduct the upcoming upazila elections neutrally.
“As employees of the republic, we should keep in mind that we are accountable to the republic and the constitution as well as not responsible to any political party or person,” he said.
The CEC came up with the remarks at a training programme of returning and assistant returning officers ahead of the upazila elections at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city’s Agargaon area.
He also asked the election officials to perform their duties as per the constitution.
“The voters always want us to present them a free, fair and acceptable election. Holding a free, fair and credible election is fully depending on your performance,” said the CEC.
He also requested them to refrain from showing any weakness towards anyone.
The CEC also requested all to remain alert so that no irregularities can take place anywhere.
Dhaka, Feb 13 (UNB) – Condemning the killings of people by the members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in Thakurgaon's Baharampur village, BNP on Wednesday demanded a neutral investigation into the incident.
In a statement, party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir also questioned whose interest BGB is protecting by killing citizens of the country.
“Four people were killed and many others injured in a clash between BGB and villages along Betna border in Harirampur Upazila’s Baharampur area of Thakurgaon yesterday (Wednesday). I strongly condemn and protest the incident,” he said.
“It’s not lawful to kill anyone without trial. The prompt use of arms by law enforcers can’t be a sign of good governance. It’s rather part of desperation and unlawful acts,” the BNP leader observed.
Mentioning that India Border Security Force (BSF) has long been killing Bangladeshis in border areas, he said people along the border will have no security if now BGB also joins BSF in killing them. “A jungle rule will get a permanent shape in Bangladesh if the prevailing situation continues.”
Fakhrul said law enforcement agencies and administration are encouraged to indulge in unlawful acts when a government rules the country without people’s mandate as it lacks accountability.
He alleged that the law and order situation deteriorated sharply in the country since the government arranged a ‘grand vote robbery’ on the night of December 30.
“Law enforcement agencies are now seen expressing their unwillingness to lawful activities while the incidents of enforced disappearance, abduction, killing and repression on women and children have become everyday affairs,” the BNP leader alleged.
He claimed that social offenders are on prowl across the country as the law enforcers are being used for political purpose. “Social offences have now taken a terrible turn while fear and panic gripped people.”
Fakhrul said the country has plunged into the darkness of anarchy as the shedding of blood is now everywhere from the capital to remote frontier areas of the country.
“The current anarchic situation can’t be allowed to continue as repressed people’s pent-up anger may explode anytime. People will surely put up a united resistance against misrule defying all the acts of intimidation,” he warned.
The BNP secretary general demanded the government to ensure exemplary punishment of those responsible for the incident after identifying them through an impartial investigation.