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No democracy No Governance

No democracy No Governance

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Published by: Prof.Syed Ahsanul Alam on Jul 19, 2008
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 No Democracy – No Governance
Information highway has integrated the world in such a way that economy and businesshave become borderless. Existing governance skills and knowledge becomes absoletequickly, specially in the absence of e-governance. For economic development and tomaintain competitive edge with the global changes, governance reform including e-governances should be the top priority to design the future of Bangladesh.1.
No democracy No Governance:
Human rights associates once stated in its reportthat, “Democracy is based on two core principles; Participation andaccountability”. Therefore in the light of above observation when there is less or absolutely no democratic prevalence in a nation that mean there is leakage or loopholes in government as well. So the scientific formula is no democracy nogovernance.2.
Reforms for Good governance in Bangladesh:
Every citizen wants democracyand development. For independence and democracy thousands of lives have beensacrificed. Only independence was won but rule of law, good governance is still afar cry. A corrupt syndicate created a vicious cycle of exploitation and as axis of violent politics & mis-governance. But good governance is the precondition for any economic development & stability. Therefore, to restore democracy for common man and not for the large favorite kitchen cabinet, also to serve themandate of the common people of Bangladesh Govt. and opposition are liable towork as a joint venture in this regard, as no one would come from outside toresolve our national issues. Now there is a dire need of progressive, promotingand positive reforms not words in the national interest of Bangladesh.3.
Good Governance:
A pre-condition for economic growth. It seems a profoundsystematic reform in governance, development and management of allBangladesh government activities including constitutional matrix, economic,education, trade, tax and privatization elements are absolutely necessary. Lot of  blood has been shed, yet the aspiration of independence is not fulfilled. People of Bangladesh had already suffered much military cum political corruption for morethat three decades. For how many more years do they have to cry for good life &good governance? For the last 35 years, we have seen the changes in politicalleadership and government. A number of political programme have been taken for socio-economic developments, poverty elimination, pollution and populationcontrol, drugs, violence and crime control. Yet there are some questions that needto be addressed with the perspective of Bangladesh politics and governancesystem.4.Proposed Governance Reform: The competition of survival in the 21
st
century isexpected to increase over time. To meet the increasing global challenges of competitions & the quality of our governance it is crucial to bring change promptly and effectively. In this regard I would like to pursue urgent reforms onthe following issues:a)Reform for investment friendly governance. b)Reform for ending red tapism of the bureaucracy & ensure one stop service for foreign investment.
 
c)Reform for more efficient BOI to analyze & attract foreign investment promptlyto protect national interest.d)Reform law to control extortion & corruption.e)Reform law to established e-governance within the first three years of the nextgovernment.f)Introduce the ombudsman system including the law, tax, bank, police andadministrative ombudsman.g)Reform legal system & separate judiciary executive organ.If our Government is courageous enough, it could take a move for comprehensivegovernance reforms. It can make a breakthrough for a sustainable development of future Bangladesh. It is possible that the curses of violence, corruption, bribery andmis-management can be eliminated through these reforms.5.Election 2007: Will people’s aspiration come true? The 9
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parliamentary electionmay be an opportune moment which the citizens may skillfully utilize towardsgood governance by ensuring that honest, apt and patriotic people gets theleadership to overcome governance crisis. Citizens are not merely the passivevoters; they are also active citizens and above all “the owner of the country”.They don’t want “democracy for the party,” They don’t want “government for the party”. But they want “government of the people, by the people and for the people”.Although the people are electing representative for the parliament, one canexamine the kind of political system in which the MPs are elected & operatinginside & outside the parliament. One thing we have to remember, our electedrepresentative are operating in state machinery inherited from the British &Pakistani Colonial rulers. For good governance & rule of law we have to giveserious thought to establish democratic institution & also strengthening theexisting weak institutions which are gradually failing to act as a backbone of ademocratic society. Reforms are required that would help uninterrupted economicgrowth & development – development which will meet the needs of common people. The common people do not want to hear assurances of false hopes anymore; they want to get the benefit of democracy & fruit of good governance.Today they want skills, knowledge and expertise of their leaders. They want tohave special breed of people who can significantly change their lives and set themup on a footing so that they can compete with people from any other part of theworld.The current speed of the problem solving approaches and the attitude of the political leadership to address good governance issue are hopeless. With theincreasing rate of the governance crisis & problems arising thereto, we have todecide to solve national issues keeping national interest above party interest &thus remove the road block to the development of a potential country likeBangladesh. Because as the owner of the country the citizens of Bangladesh

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