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Deputy Commissioners want more deputation within civil administration

Update : 26 Apr 2014, 07:28 PM

The country’s deputy commissioners have asked for more scope for deputation to posts within the civil administration.

Claiming a large number of military officers were being deputed to various government departments, the bureaucrats urged the government to create more chances for civil servants.

At present, there are about 150 military officers in charge of    different departments, including several state-run hospitals.

The district administrators sent the proposal to the cabinet division ahead of a district commissioners’ (DCs) conference, scheduled to be held in the capital from July 8-10.

The cabinet division is compiling individual suggestions from district and divisional commissioners to be placed at the annual conference.

In their proposals, the commissioners have also requested reintroducing subsidised sale of essential items for public servants, and risk allowances for field-level officers who operate mobile courts, work in law and order or perform election duties as executive magistrates.

Expressing concerns about workplace security, the DCs proposed installing close circuit cameras at their offices, considering them as key-point installations. They also suggested housing all public offices in one building to prevent misuse of government property.

Furthermore, they urged increasing the amount of group insurance to Tk20lakh from Tk5 lakh, with a monthly premium of Tk200.

The proposals also include constructing dormitories for gazetted officers, increasing the limit of interest-free housing loan to Tk20lakh from the current Tk1.20 lakh, and allocating  residential plots at low cost.

Some DCs recommended creating a new post of assistant commissioner (finance) for the offices of upazila nirbahi officers to ensure tax collection and operate the funds collected from local revenues and taxes.

They reiterated a proposal _ despite being rejected by the government over the years _ to give magistracy power to executive magistrates and enhance the power of mobile courts by amending relevant laws. 

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