KHULNA Experts at a participatory discussion here
mentioned coordinated development planning can be a vital means of making the
existing local government institutions and the Upazila Parishad and Union
Parishad (UP) in particular effective and accountable.
They also observed effective and meaningful UZPs and UPs is the
precondition to reasonable improvement of living and livelihood condition of
the grassroots population.
So, there is no alternative to make those up to the mark, they added
while addressing the annual coordination meeting of Policy Formulation for
Upazila Integrated Development under Efficient and Accountable Local
Governance (EALG) Project held at Circuit House conference hall yesterday
District administration arranged the meeting in association with the
United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) and Swiss Agency for Development
and Cooperation (SDC).
More than 100 persons comprising UZP Chairmen and Vice-chairmen, Upazila
Nirbahi Officers, UP Chairmen, upazila officials from all departments and
members of the civil society joined the meeting.
Deputy Commissioner Md. Helal Hossain addressed the meeting as chief
guest with deputy director of Local Government Division Ishrat Jahan in the
Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Ziaur Rahman, Dakop Upazila
Chairman Monsur Ali Khan, Upazila Nirbahi Officer(UNO) of Rupsha upazila
Nasrin Akhter, UNO of Dakop upazila
Abdul Wadud, among others, also spoke on the occasion.
DC Helal said ensuring transparency, accountability and citizens'
participation in different development works is very urgent to establish good
governance in local government institutions.
He stressed the need for strengthening local government institutions for
strong democracy and its institutionalisation at the grassroots level which
is important for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)