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17 February, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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CEMENTING GAP IN FILED ADMINISTRATION

SPs asked to attend all district-level meets

DEEPAK ACHARJEE, Dhaka

To further cement the ties between the superintendents of police (SPs) and the deputy commissioners (DCs) in the field administration, the Security Service Division of the home ministry has instructed the SPs to make it a point to attend the district-level meetings, especially the district law and order meetings. The home ministry has issued the instruction to the SPs by writing a letter to the authorities last week, the sources said. During the regular meeting with the secretaries of the home ministry and the Cabinet Secretary recently, some divisional commissioners disclosed that some SPs were not attending most of the meetings, especially the district law and order meetings. This was why the DCs were not able to take necessary decisions properly, sources who attended the meeting said.

Allegations have been levelled that in some districts, the SPs did not attend the monthly coordination meetings and the district law and order meetings. The respective DCs were presiding over both the meetings as the

chief of the committees. Sometimes, SPs

prefer to depute junior officers to attend such meetings.

Deputy commissioners still have the privilege to visit police stations, but they lost their authority to write the annual confidential reports (ACRs) of SPs during the regime of Ziaur Rahman.

Cabinet Division sources said the DC has been exercising the powers of the magistrate from the days of the British colonial rulers, and, in that capacity, the DCs can claim to be the heads of the district administrations. But after the separation of the judiciary from the executive body, they will lose this power, along with their commanding position in the district, they added.

A deputy commissioner told this correspondent on condition of anonymity that SPs

sometimes think they hold the same rank

as that of DCs. This perception prompts

them to violate orders issued by DCs,

he added. “Despite being the controlling authority, we have very little control over SPs running law enforcement agencies in every district,” he said.

However, an SP told The Independent that despite holding the same rank and drawing the same salary, DCs always want to dominate high-ranking police officers.

The secretary of the Security Service Division of the home ministry, Mostafa Kamal Uddin, told The Independent that they have asked the SPs to attend the district law and order meeting to maintain better coordination between the officials.

“Some divisional commissioners have raised the issue that sometime the SPs did not attend the meetings that were presided over by the DC of the district concerned. That’s why we’ve issued this special directive to them (SPs),” he said.

“The relations and coordination between the SPs and the DCs are going on well. That was proved in the recent national polls in December last year,” he claimed.

“The DCs and the SPs are the key officials in the field. They should always maintain better relations for implementing the government’s goal,” he said.

The SP of Rajshahi Sadar, Md Belayet Hossain, said it was impossible to always attend all the meetings that are held at the DC’s office as the number of meetings arranged by the DCs has increased compared to the past. “But as SPs, we always attend the district law and order meetings,” he said.

The SP also claimed that the coordination between the DC and the SP are very good. Though the SP said that the ties between the SP and the DC in a few areas may have soured over personal issues, he iterated that, overall, relations between DCs and SPs were really good.

Dhaka division’s divisional commissioner, KM Ali Azam, told The Independent that they have received the home minister’s instructions to the SP to attend the district law and order meeting, which the deputy commissioner presides over as the chief of the committee.

“The DC and the SP are the key persons

in a district. If anyone is absent from the meeting on the district’s law and order situation, there are problems in taking a decision,” he said.

“The DC and the SP complement each other. Both should attend the district law and order meeting in the greater interest of the people,” he added.

Talking to this correspondent, the divisional commissioner of Rajshahi division, Md

Noor-Ur-Rahman, said though the SP

may sometimes absent himself or herself from the district law and order meeting to attend other meetings, most of the SPs attended the meetings.

“I can say that the existing coordination between the DCs and SPs is very good. This should always be maintained in this manner,” he said.

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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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