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PM for building people-friendly administration

Sheikh Hasina10Dhaka, 18 September, Abnews : Putting emphasis on establishing a people-friendly administration, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today hoped that Public Service Commission (PSC) would continue its stride to recruit qualified and meritorious manpower suiting to the 21st century. It is the responsibility of the PSC to recruit more efficient, honest and talented manpower and I hope that the PSC would continue its efforts of selecting proper manpower remaining free from influence, she said.

The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating the newly-constructed building of Bangladesh Public Service Commission at Agargaon in the capital this morning. With PSC Chairman AT Ahmedul Haque Chowdhury in the chair, the function was also addressed, by PM’s Adviser on Public Administration HT Imam and PSC Secretary Chowdhury Mohammad Babul Hasan.

Sheikh Hasina said a people-friendly administration is a must for building Bangladesh as developed and prosperous nation. The people are the owners of the country and the officials and employees of the republic are the servants of the people. She said the present government has been elected through the mandate of the people. So our aim is to serve the people by removing their problems and build a developed and prosperous Bangladesh..let us work to achieve the goal, she said.

The Prime Minister said her government has undertaken massive reform programmes to develop an efficient and people-friendly administration by recruiting talented and honest manpower through the PSC. E-governance has been introduced to bring transparency and infuse dynamism into the public administration to build Bangladesh as a middle-income country by 2021, she said.

She said in the past the image of the PSC was undermined due to various scandals including leaking out of question papers and appointment of party people. Many qualified candidates were deprived of getting government jobs during the rule of the BNP- Jamaat government, she said.

The Prime Minister said the BNP-Jamaat government had initiated a ‘kalonkajanak’ (disgraceful) chapter in recruiting government officials by opening up the Hawa Bhaban. The PSC had a bitter experience during the rule of the four- party alliance government as question papers were leaked repeatedly and there were allegations that the PSC selected manpower as per the list supplied by Hawa Bhaban, she said.

As a result, she said, the qualified candidates were used to deprive from the expected jobs and the country was used to deprive of talented officers. Sheikh Hasina said the present government after assuming office, strengthened the PSC like other constitutional body and the government allowed the commission to work with full freedom.

There are no irregularities and scandals like the past as the PSC is now working with full independence and it is performing its cent percent constitutional duty neutrally and transparently remaining free from any influence, she said.

The Prime Minister said her government has taken steps to ensure efficiency, transparency and accountability to all sphere of the PSC and modernized recruitment- related working system and the policy. We did not create any bhaban like Hawa Bhaban and we don’t need to supply any list, she said.

The Prime Minister said she is happy to know that the commission is preparing several sets of question papers, and determining the question set through lottery before 20 minutes of the examination to avoid leakage of question papers. Moreover, she said, the viva board is being formed only 20 minutes before the examination.

Sheikh Hasina said her government created about 2.52 lakh posts in government service from 2009 to 2012 and raised the retirement age of the public servants by two years to 59 years and gave promotion to 2,500 officers from deputy secretary to secretary in different tiers of public administration.

The draft of the National Training Policy has been finalized to enhance knowledge and efficiency of the government servants, while a process is underway to introduce digital file management, she added. The Prime Minister said in the past despite qualification in written and viva examinations, all the qualified candidates could not be recruited due to the shortage of cadre posts.

The present government formulated non-cadre recruitment rule in 2010 to accommodate those qualified candidates in government service, she added. The Prime Minister said the PSC has recommended the name of 10,110 candidates for various posts in the public service through five BCS examinations from 2009, and viva examinations of 33rd BCS examination have been completed to recruit 8, 937 in cadre posts.

Besides, the preliminary results of the 34th BCS exam have been published and the written exams would be held soon. She said 3,095 candidates were recruited in first and second class non- cadre posts during the period. She said the PSC has been shifted to its own building at Agargaon after about 40 years of its inception in 1972 as the present government took urgent measures including registration of land in 2012.

The Prime Minister inaugurated the newly-constructed PSC Bhaban by unveiling its plaque. The Public Works Department (PWD) implemented the project at a cost of Taka 40.81 crore. Under the second phase of the project, the PWD completed the works of from 3rd floor to 7th floor of the 11-storey BPSC building. Earlier, Sheikh Hasina laid the foundation stone of the Bangladesh University Council Building at Agargaon.



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