Strengthening local govt stressed to promote democracy

August 31, 2013

Participants in a daylong divisional workshop on Friday in the Barisal city stressed strengthen capacity of local government institutions to play an instrumental role in transforming them into fully functional, democratic and transparent entities. They also underscored the need for drastic reforms to the existing local government system and amendments to the related acts to enable elected representatives of people to work independently and effectively.
The workshop on ‘service and policies of local government institutions’ under Upazila Governance Project was held at Barisal Model School and College auditorium.
Local government division under ministry of local government, rural development and cooperatives organised the programme for creating and collecting public opinions on local governance reforms.
European Union, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, UNDP and UNCDF providing financial and technical assistance to the project, the organisers said.
Nurul Amin, Barisal divisional commissioner, presided over the programme attended by more than 200 participants from local level functionaries, public representatives, general citizens and members of the non-government and civil society organisations.

-With New Age input

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