The legislature has spoken- the executive needs to act now

Md Rezaul Karim By Md Rezaul Karim, 14th Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/ga_0bb-f/
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Road accidents increased rapidly in numbers in Bangladesh, seemingly no panacea in sight.

The legislature has spoken

It was one of those very few rare moments in the ninth National Assembly when the lawmakers of the treasury bench rediscovered their role and sought to bring the executive branch of the state, the government that is, to task for its actions and attitude in respect of an issue of serious public concern. According newspaper report, the lawmakers of the ruling Awami League, Jatiya Party, Workers Party of Bangladesh and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, along with the lone independent member of the House, came down heavily upon the communications and finance ministers for the terrible condition of the roads and highways across the country, and also their irresponsible comments. They also urged the prime minister to settle the dispute between the two ministers, who are blaming each other, and to take stern measures against the responsible person. The lawmakers further suggested that the communications minister should also own up his failure and step down. The shipping minister was also criticized for reportedly pressuring the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority into issuing 10,000 driving licenses without conducting the requisite tests in 2010 and now asking for issuance of nearly 25,000 more licenses in a similar fashion.
Overall, in the absence of the opposition lawmakers, who continued their boycott of parliament into its 10th session, the treasury benchers laudably took up the responsibility of keeping the executive in line and answerable to the legislature, and thus to the people, for its failures. It was encouraging, indeed, all the more so because, in the past two and a half years or more of its tenure, the ninth parliament has hardly had any sitting or session where the executive was well and truly taken to task for its failure although, as one lawmaker indicated on Thursday, there are many. The lawmakers also made it clear that they had had enough of irresponsible comments and inanities by some ministers when talking about issues that affect the day-to-day lives of the people at large. Needless to say, more ministers than one have in recent times been guilty of wittingly or unwittingly trivialize such a sensitive issue as price spiral. While the commerce minister advised the people to eat less to less in order to avoid problems like adulteration and price spiral of food, the finance minister suggested that people should refrain from going to the market more than once a week.
Given the castigation that they have had at the hands of the lawmakers, that too of their own camp, the embattled ministers stand bereft either any justification or moral authority to hold on to their respective positions. The signal from the legislature was loud and clear. As one lawmaker put it- if any person were responsible for such a situation in any democratic country, he would have resigned. To prove that we are a democratic country, the beleaguered ministers should own up their failures and resign. If they do not, perhaps the prime minister should ask them to.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
I am a teacher engaged with the Southern University Bangladesh. I Like to use my spare time by writing and reading. I take it as a fun and source of inspiration in pursuing knowledge.

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author avatar Buzz
15th Feb 2012 (#)

You're a very knowledgeable person, my friend, whether on economic or political matters, and it seems everything else under the sun.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
16th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you Buzz..
You are generous...

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
16th Feb 2012 (#)

Rezaul: Buzz has said it all. Keep on writing and I'll keep on reading.
Thank you.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
18th Feb 2012 (#)

I do Ivy and Buzz ... thanks.... Pray for me I'm feeling fever..

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
18th Feb 2012 (#)

Dear Rezaul: Please let us know how you are. I pray for your health.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
22nd Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks... Now I'm fine, recovered. Altogether it's a fever and pain of seven days- a kind of virus. Now my daughter 8yrs, and my wife's turn.... so, nurse is sick, Patient became nurse....

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
22nd Feb 2012 (#)

I hope your little daughter and wife recover soon. I am pleased that you recovered so quickly and I hope it will be same for your family.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
24th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you for your kind sympathy and caring Ivy... Hope they'd get better soon. Thank you again..

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