Update November 26, 2015

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Good governance must for effective functioning of LGIs

Sumel Sarker

LGI

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26 November 2015, Nirapad News: Speakers at a participatory discussion underscored the need for ensuring good governance in the local government ninstitutions (LGIs) to make those fully functional, democratic and transparent entities for welfare of the grassroots people.

They viewed that most of the rural people are largely dependent on the local government bodies especially union parishad and upazila parishad to meet up their basic needs so the roles and responsibilities of the union and upazila parishads must be realistic.

Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation-Bangladesh under its ‘SDC Local Governance Programme- Sharique’ organised the third phase’s regional advisory committee meeting at Hotel Mukta International in Rajshahi yesterday.

In his presentation, AFM Amir Uddin, Regional Coordinator of the project, gave an overview of the role of advisory committee, present local government bodies and its activities, problems and prospects. He observed that proper and effective functioning of the Union Digital Centre could supplement implementation of the Rights to Information Act at the rural level.

Sharique programme is helping union parishads manage public affairs in a more effective way said several union parishad chairmen and members in a special discussion arranged for sharing their experiences.

With Dr Pronab Kumar Panday, President of the committee, in the chair, President of Shaw Unnayan Mustafizur Rahman Khan, Acting Editor of Daily Sonar Desh Akbarul Hassan Millat, Union Parishad Chairman Hazrat Ali and Upazila Vice-chairman Farhana Deel Afroz Rumi spoke on the occasion.

Sharing views on various local governance issues Prof Dr Pronab Panday from Public Administration Department of Rajshahi University said the
existing services which are being delivered to the grassroots people need to be coordinated.

Many government and non-government organisations are now implementing projects for public welfare. So, there is no alternative to empowering the local citizens through a democratic, transparent, inclusive local government system, he added.

Apart from this, the meeting discussed some key issues including enhancing capacity for women leadership roles in local government institution structures, mobilizing citizens groups to influence their service delivery, mainstreaming pro-poor and pro-women local governance practices and ensuring collaboration and interaction.

The discussants stressed on providing training on tax assessment and collection, financial management and record keeping, participatory planning and budgeting, roles and responsibilities of UPs and UZPs and standing committees and creating strategic planning.

Building awareness among people about their rights, roles and responsibilities and strengthening local government institutions need to be focused properly, they observed.

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