POST TIME: 15 December, 2018 12:54:48 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 15 December, 2018 08:19:51 AM
JP to form provincial govt if voted to power
Party focuses on reforms to electoral system as it unveils 18-point manifesto

JP to form provincial govt if voted to power

The Jatiya Party in its election manifesto yesterday said it would go for a provincial form of government and bring changes in the electoral system if it comes to power. The party has also pledged that it would bring back the democratic atmosphere and establish good governance in the country if they can form the government.

ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader, special assistant to JP chairman HM Ersahd, unveiled the party’s 18-point pledges at their party office in the capital ahead of the general election scheduled for December 30. As their party chairman is ailing and staying abroad, Howlader presented the election manifesto along with the party’s other leaders. He said he announced the party manifesto after getting the party chairman’s consent.

“Jatiya Party will set up provincial government system for bringing changes in the government system, if we are voted to power. We are participating in the poll with a commitment of restoring the democratic atmosphere and establishing good governance in the country,” he said.

 “Besides, we want to ensure people’s welfare by brining a meaningful change in the democratic practices,” he added. The manifesto also speaks of setting up a full-fledged upazila system, independence of judiciary, reforms of educational system, expansion of health services, curbing the terrors. “If we want to make democracy meaningful, we have to work for the welfare of the people,” he added.

About the provincial government, the manifesto stated that the eight divisions would be upgraded into eight provinces – Uttarbanga, Barendra, Jahangirnagar, Jahanabad, Jalalabad, Chandradwip, Maynamati and Chattala.

If voted power, the party would establish two layers of government – the central government will be a federal government consisting of 300 seats while provincial government will run the provinces. Each upazila or Thana would be considered as the seat of the provincial government.

If the provincial government is established, at least 50 per cent of offices of the capital would be transferred to the provincial capitals. About electoral reforms, the manifesto said the Election Commission would get full independence and would be reformed totally.

The local government structure would be strengthened by setting up Upazila courts and family courts. The Upazila chairman would be entrusted with the power of the upazila. The judiciary will enjoy full independence and the backlog of cases would be reduced to zero within five years. The political cases would be reduced and the high court benches will be there in the provincial capitals.

The education system would be fully reformed by erasing the two terminal examinations in Classes V and VIII. The coaching centres would be abolished and the dependence on tuitions would be reduced. Education for women up to the honours level would be made free.

Religious values would get the highest place if voted to power and the 30 seats will be reserved for the religious minorities, the manifesto said. The Palli rationing system would be introduced and initiatives would be taken to expand health services at the union levels and the prices of gas, electricity would be be stable. Farmers would be given soft loans and the interest of the ‘charland’ farmers would be protected.

The party has also pledged to set up agro-based industries in each upazila and in the backward areas. The clustered villages and Pathakali Trust will be re-established. Above all, the Jatiya Party has pledged that their government would take stern action against terror and extortion within three months, if voted to power.

Hawlader, while unveiling the manifesto said their party would rebuild a new Bangladesh upholding the dreams of the young generations to be fulfilled.