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8 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 8 February, 2018 07:35:48 PM
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Self-serving VIPs

Self-serving VIPs

It is really preposterous to know that the cabinet has started a move for creating a separate lane for the VIPs. The cabinet added such emergency services as the fire brigade and ambulance on the list of this privilege, obviously to make reasonable their claim for a separate lane. Why at this point of time, it has become necessary for the cabinet, to put forward this proposal in the first place?

It was on the news for quite some time that the traffic police were ‘catching’ cars carrying VIPs through the wrong side of roads and filing court cases. It is a common sight in the capital that VIPs or powerful people violate traffic rules to avoid traffic jams. But the exposure of this must be embarrassing for these VIPs.     

When the saner section of society is constantly voicing their concern for reducing the overall traffic jam and saving the working hours of people in general, the VIPs of this country who are responsible for easing the plights of people have come up with this plan that is not only immoral but distasteful also.

There are VIPs not only in Bangladesh, all countries have their privileged persons and more or less in every country these people, for some justifiable reasons, have ‘enjoy’ some privileges. But we have not heard there is any country that has given the privilege of a separate lane for smooth movement of their VIPs in their capital. Bangladesh VIPs must be on the lead if they finally manage to have their separate lane for themselves!  

It is still puzzling to hear arguments coming from different quarters, Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority for example, that this plan cannot be materialised because Dhaka has far lesser space for roads than the required and so a separate lane for VIPs would be ‘unrealistic’, but few are talking about the immorality of this plan. After all, the concept of VIPs is not egalitarian . It is also against the concept of ‘public service’ that these VIPs are supposed to render.

A public servant—however high he is—by definition will address the problems within the state the public is facing, not taking away a privilege like creating a lane for themselves and leaving the public damned to waste their hours in traffic jams.

That is why for the VIPs in Bangladesh it would be a smart thing—and duty also—to address the actual problem commuters are constantly facing on the streets. The self-serving mentality of people in higher places is dangerous.                                 

 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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