Speakers at a discussion here mentioned ensuring good governance in the local government institutions (LGIs) is very vital for improving living and livelihood of the grassroots population.
They viewed all government and non-government organizations concerned should come forward and work together for making the LGIs fully functional, democratic and transparent entities.
The observations came in the phase ending meeting with regional advisory committee at Hotel Warishan in the metropolis on Monday.
Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation-Bangladesh under its 'SDC Local Governance Programme- Sharique' organized the meeting sharing its activities done in union parishads (UPs) and upazila parishads (UZPs) in the district.
Deputy director of Local Government Division Dr Dewan Shahriar Firoj addressed the discussion as chief guest with the committee president Prof Pronob Kumar Pandey in the chair.
Upazila parishad chairmen Abdus Salam and Jakirul Islam, editor of Daily Sonar Desh Akbarul Hassan Millat and journalist Mustafizur Rahman Khan also spoke.
Regional manager of Sharique Aung Chue Hla welcomed the participants. During his concept paper presentation, AFM Amir Uddin, field coordinator of Sharique, gave an overview of the present local government bodies and their activities, problems and prospects. He stressed proper and effective functioning of the union digital center and said it could supplement implementation of the Rights to Information Act at the rural level.
Chief guest Dr Dewan Shahriar Firoj said all the existing services being delivered towards the grassroots people need to be more coordinated and accelerated.
Many government and non-government organizations are now implementing projects for public welfare. So, there is no alternative to contributing to the empowerment of local citizens through a democratic, transparent, inclusive and effective local government system, he added.
Prof Pranab Pandey stressed providing training on tax assessment and collection, open budget, financial management and record keeping, participatory planning and budgeting, roles and responsibilities of UPs and UZPs and standing committees and creating strategic planning.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)