Bureaucrats know everything, can do everything

Bureaucrats know everything, can do everything
Bureaucrats know everything, can do everything

Watching Bangladesh-Afghanistan game in Asia Cup. Our batters seemed to enjoy the game of coming and going. upset At this time, a friend’s phone call came. do what I said nonchalantly ‘watching the game’. My friend is famous for many innovative ideas. He said, tell me what is the real problem of the Bangladesh cricket team? I got a little excited. Want to know what? In reply, the friend said, the real problem is that there is no official presence in our cricket. Bureaucrats are wise, know everything and can do everything. They are everywhere, not just in sports. Why is the government spending so much money bringing Sriram, Jimmy Siddons. Instead, some retired bureaucrats would be rehabilitated. Foreign currency was also saved. Sports fans like you would be disappointed. I am somewhat amused by his hidden humor. I thought alone after hanging up the phone. So bureaucrats have now become a rare creature roaming everywhere. I started playing question and answer with myself alone.

Question: Who is the most discussed writer in Bangladesh now?

A bureaucrat His name is Md. Nabirul Islam. He is an Additional Secretary. He has written 29 books before becoming a secretary. Ministry of Public Administration has taken the initiative to buy books worth about 10 crore rupees to increase knowledge and study habits of government officials. A list was also prepared for this. The list selected 29 books by the famous author in hiding. Bad journalists don’t study. He does not even touch the books. They made a fuss about it. cover up As a result, the Ministry of Public Administration canceled the entire list of book purchases. But so what? Writer Nabirul’s name has spread widely. He is the most discussed writer of this time.

Question: In Bangladesh at the moment, who’s words make a fuss?

A former bureaucrat. Elections are still a year and a half away. Suddenly he announced the formula of one and a half hundred and one and a half hundred. That’s it! And where does it go? Everyone jumped. A war of words began. What is the political war? The war has now spread to the streets. Every day news of Awami League-BNP conflict is being received. I am talking about our Chief Election Commissioner. Since assuming office, it seems as if he has handed over the great responsibility of rousing the nation, not the elections. He is energizing the slumbering nation with one word after another. In the electoral history of Bangladesh, there has never been such a tense face-to-face war situation since a year and a half before the election. We have to thank the former bureaucrat-turned-Chief Election Commissioner for this. If there is no political heat in the country, how does it work? Ex-bureaucrat Kazi Habibul Awal is constantly working hard to keep the people in a spontaneous state of mind.

Question: Who is the biggest defender of human rights in Bangladesh?

Of course, former bureaucrats. The Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission is a former bureaucrat. This institution has been completely taken over by bureaucrats. The organization is so successful that ‘human rights’ has now become a national issue. Not only a national issue, ‘human rights’ are now considered as a potential export product in Bangladesh. There have also been reports of forgery of UN certificates. Everyone is talking about human rights, except the bureaucrat controlled commission. In this way, anyone else was able to bring human rights to the footlights?

Question: Who owns the most money in the country?

Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) of course. And the chairman of BPC is a running bureaucrat. He is also the secretary. Bureaucrats run like private property when they head an organization. So the owner of BPC is Amlai. Keeping more than 40,000 crore fixed deposits in various banks, the BPC chairman often laments about financial difficulties lately. In this way, I saw in the question-answer game that everything is now in the possession of the bureaucrats. Even the Imams and Maulana sahibs have shared the absolute reign of praying. Padma Bridge Inauguration Day special prayers were not read by Khatib of Baitul Mukarram or Pesh Imam of Bangabhaban. Taught by Amlar Shiromani. There is no such thing as a press wing of the government. The Prime Minister’s message is not delivered by his press secretary. Bureaucrats give. On this day, the Prime Minister held a meeting with the owners regarding the wages of the tea workers. At the end of the meeting, the Chief Secretary gave a speech. Several ministers were present in that meeting. But they did not speak to the media.

The bureaucrats have taken over the entire banking sector of Bangladesh. Bureaucrats in the district administration. Even in the upazila, the stick is in the hands of the bureaucrats. Almost all government institutions have now become retirement clubs for bureaucrats. Some bureaucrats now get a new look after retirement. New initiatives entered the government somewhere. If there is no place, at least the post of chairman of the bank should be available, for this they have to participate in the usual biscuit race after retirement. This growth of bureaucrats has been going on for an age. The salaries of bureaucrats are now enviable and lucrative. There is no reason to think that corruption has decreased after salary increases. The success stories of the bureaucrats have spread abroad. Canada, United States, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, seeing the mountain of wealth of ‘honest bureaucrats’ makes you cringe. Intelligent first-class bureaucrats move to air-conditioned countries after retirement. He comes to the country sometimes. The development path of bureaucrats is very clear and straightforward. Right after entering the service, various privileges, both legal and illegal, are spread like a net. The level of facilities is now so much like guava that a fierce competition to become a bureaucrat has started in the country. Lately, most of the public university students’ education style, anxiety, anxiety seems to be the only goal of education is to pass the public service examination. BCS examination has now emerged as a terrible disease for the education system of the country. When we studied in university, Dhaka University Library, public library was the place to acquire knowledge. I spent two days a week almost all day in the library. Our Dhaka University library is full of various interesting books, not law books. A few days ago, while attending a seminar, I entered the library of life and was shocked. It has now become a reading room for BCS examinees. Now the main dream of most of the students of the country’s public universities is to become a bureaucrat. Not just ordinary students, doctors and engineers too are no longer interested in their profession. They also want to be bureaucrats now. A medical student studying in a government medical college costs the state two to two and a half crore rupees to make him a doctor. He is paying tuition fee only Rs.9 per month. Seat rent is only 10 taka to stay in the hall. For admission, he has to pay one time only 10 to 15 thousand taka. But one-time admission in private medical college takes 20 to 25 lakh taka. Other expenses are several times higher than government medical colleges. Government medical college students are studying with common people’s money. The state is giving this huge subsidy out of an expectation. After the education they will treat the people. People will not go abroad for treatment. They will each be Professor Nurul Islam, Professor ABM Abdullah or Deen Mohammad. But now they are changing profession. The same is the case with engineering university students. Most of them do not want to be Jamilur Reza Chowdhury or Ainun Nishat now. Want to be a bureaucrat. Analyzing the results of the last five public service examinations, it can be seen that out of 1,980 officers in the administration, foreign affairs and police cadres, 387 are engineers and doctors. The question is, why do students of engineering and medical science want to become bureaucrats? Benefits in government jobs are same in all cadres. Engineers or doctors can earn a decent amount of money in legitimate ways in their profession. Why do they want to be bureaucrats? The reason for this is ‘capacity’. Bureaucrats are now more powerful than any other profession. These are now the masters of Dandmund. That’s why everyone wants to be a bureaucrat now. Neither doctors nor engineers were keen to join the administration cadre, unfortunately. Doctor’s promotion, promotion is like crossing the stormy sea. When the best talented student enters the cadre allocated for him from BUET or any engineering university, the history of not being able to get admission in a university, or the bureaucrats who passed in Bengal, rotate behind him with a whip. On the other hand, promotion in administration cadre is only a matter of time. Gradually you will go down to Additional Secretary. Unless your dear friends or elders make you BNP-Jamaat. Once you enter the administration cadre, you rise above law and justice. If a junior officer in the administration cadre commits corruption in the asylum scheme, he will be punished by transfer. The Deputy Commissioner was involved in a sex scandal. If his offending video goes viral on social media, his maximum punishment is demotion. If a bureaucrat holds a court in the middle of the night and beats up a journalist. If he takes it from home and files a drug case, then his maximum punishment will be suspension of salary increase for two years. But there is no reason to be afraid of this. He will be exempted from this punishment by the power of the President. If a foreign cadre is dealing in marijuana abroad, he cannot be prosecuted under existing laws. He has to face a departmental inquiry. That’s it! Later, he will be posted again when the matter is hidden from the public eye. So much for the crime of small and medium bureaucrats. In the case of big bureaucrats, these punishments do not matter. Everyone knows about Shahed scandal during Corona. Cheater Shahed Jail. But no one could catch the ticket of those who had become the darlings of the Shahed administration under their patronage. Shahed used to stand on his feet in the health ministry secretary’s room and give various orders. Former Director General of Bechara Health Department has been accused in Shahed’s case. And the secretary has a safe exit and is now spending time in intensive retirement. What is the difference between the two crimes? A health cadre officer is still wearing shoes as he walks around the court’s balcony. Another is an administration cadre officer, so he sleeps with oil in his nose. And the person who made ‘Shaheed’ a fraud by disbelief is beyond the reach. The bureaucrats are now so overpowered that they do not obey even the instructions of the Prime Minister. A year ago, the prime minister ordered the bureaucrats to submit an account of their assets. But that directive has not been implemented till date. Bangladesh has entered into a vicious cycle of terrible bureaucracy. Now bureaucrats have become bigger politicians than politicians. The Supreme Court of Bangladesh has given a historic verdict recently to overcome this situation. The bureaucrats cleverly got the government to amend an unconstitutional law to exonerate themselves. According to that law, the prior permission of the authorities was provided for the arrest of government officials and employees. On August 25, the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh gave a historic verdict. In that judgment, Section 41(1) of the Public Service Act was declared invalid as inconsistent with several articles of the Constitution. Justice Md. Mujibur Rahman Mia and Justice Kazi Md. The judgment was announced by the division bench of the High Court comprising Izarul Haque Akand. This judgment is a milestone in establishing good governance and ensuring justice in the country. As a result, it will be possible to bring the bureaucrats under accountability. This judgment will go a long way in curbing rampant bureaucratic aggression. But I am disappointed that the Minister of State for Public Administration said in the National Parliament that the government will appeal against this verdict. In other cases ministers talk but do not act. In this case, the speedy action of the state minister Bahadur is worth seeing. The government approached the Appellate Division to save the bureaucrats on September 1 within seven days of the High Court verdict. The chamber court stayed the High Court verdict till October 23. Why is the government taking responsibility for the misdeeds of some bureaucrats? Rogues can not be caught, why not touch? Bureaucrats are above the constitution? A small bureaucratic group is formed during all governments. They please the government with flattery. Fails the good initiatives of the government. Misleading the government with wrong information. It takes no time to change their vol after pot change. In ’75, Bangabandhu says that the bureaucrats used to zikr, they did not take the time to become the murderous Mushtaq or the obedient slaves of Zia. The bureaucrat who wrote his PhD thesis praising the Zia Canal cutting revolution soon became the policy maker of Awami League. The bureaucrats who were enlightened by Ershad’s Raj Sabha became Minister-MPs on BNP tickets soon after Ershad’s fall. During the Awami League period, Bangabandhu’s memorable bureaucrats turned into Zia soldiers when BNP came to power. Bureaucrats are like chameleons. Color changes as time changes. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s real strength is the marginalized people of this country. Sheikh Hasina has repeatedly proved that she is not dependent on anyone in running the country for more than 18 years. No bureaucrat has a permanent address in the Prime Minister’s office. Even before the 2018 elections, Amla, who considered himself the Deputy Prime Minister, is now a ‘no body’. No one is indispensable to Sheikh Hasina.

Some bureaucrats are doing a lot of damage to the country for personal gain. Many government institutions are being destroyed by the greed of salary, house and car after retirement. Now is the time to get rid of them. The High Court judgment has created that opportunity for the government.

I started this writing with my friend’s cricket story. The end of his story is like this: I asked him what would be the use of cricket in the hands of bureaucrats? In reply, the friend said, Bangladesh does not play with Afghanistan. When bureaucrats took control of cricket, Bangladesh used to play with teams like Nepal, Hong Kong, Kenya, Zimbabwe. Lose less, win more. That’s it! Bureaucrats used to explain the success of our cricket with statistics. After that bureaucrats were also awarded public administration medals for outstanding contribution to cricket development. We also used to play Dugdugi and say ‘Aha ki Anand’.

Author: Executive Director, Perspective

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The article is in Bengali

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