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Political appointment must stop

Update : 26 May 2015, 07:31 PM

Widespread politicisation contributed to the low quality of staff in the civil service sector, former reputed bureaucrats said yesterday.  

They said the situation turned worse after the introduction of the quota system in the public service two years back, sparking strong protest among general students.

The observation came at a book launch at the Policy Research Institute in the city. The book, titled “Gresham’s Law Syndrome and Beyond:  An Analysis of the Bangladesh Bureaucracy,” is written by former bureaucrat Akbar Ali Khan.

For a competent and effective bureaucracy, speakers gave recommendations that include recruitment free from political clout, promotion, competitive salary and incentives for better performance and punishment for bad performance and corruption.  

Chairman of Centre for Development Research Bangladesh Mizanur Rahman Shelly said political leaders should not be myopic to hold on to power.

Former caretaker government adviser Syed Manzur Elahi said corruption vitiates bureaucracy. “Lower wages in civil services fail to attract talent, which reduces efficiency.”   

Prime Minister’s Adviser Gowher Rizvi said: “Without political will, things will not change. But cooperation from civil servants is also necessary to bring about changes.”

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