Integrated development must for effective local govt bodies

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)