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20 January, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Land minister pledges to automate field offices

ANISUR RAHMAN KHAN, Dhaka
Land minister pledges to automate field offices

The field-level land offices under the land ministry are likely to be brought under an automation programme with the installation of closed-circuit cameras (CC Cam) to ensure proper services for the country’s people and clamp down on corruption so as to mitigate the sufferings of the public at these offices. At the same time, the authorities are planning to bring the job responsibilities of the assistant commissioners of land (AC–Land) under the ministry to make them accountable them to it.

The newly-appointed land minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury, who had served the ministry for the past five years as the state minister for land, disclosed his plans for the ministry’s future in an exclusive interview with this correspondent after assuming his new charge. While talking to this correspondent at his office, Chowdhury asserted that his ministry was also planning to collect wealth statements of the officials and employees serving in the ministry and its subordinate offices. The statements will be investigated by the government agencies and necessary punitive measures will be taken following the investigation reports.

Those who intend to work in the ministry and its subordinate offices would also have to submit their wealth statements before joining their jobs, he said, adding that the statements would be investigated later. “If the authorities detect any discrepancies, they would face legal action,” the minister warned.

Chowdhury further said, “Our main challenge is to eradicate public suffering in the delivery of services to the country’s people. Hence, we want to ensure smooth services for the people at every level in the land offices.”

“I know everything about the problems as I have served the ministry for the past five years. I also know everything about those who are responsible for the sufferings,” he said, warning, “I will request them to discard their habits; otherwise, they will have to leave the ministry.”

He said the entire land management system will be brought under a digital network and all land offices will be automated. “Once all the land offices are brought under automation, I will be able to monitor the offices from my office. If I find any irregularity in any office, the responsible persons will be punished immediately,” he warned.

Chowdhury added, “If I can ensure that the automation programme is implemented, the officials and employees will also be more cautious before engaging in any irregularities or causing public suffering, including malpractices. I will countries like the USA and India have taken 20 to 25 years to complete such work. Yet, I believe it should be completed soon.” He also assured his stakeholders that he would place emphasis on ensuring good governance in the land ministry and its subordinate offices so that the services can be taken to the doors of the country’s people.

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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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