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Civil society members stress on primary education, healthcare for the poor

Update : 12 Dec 2013, 08:02 PM

Speakers stressed for ensuring rights to primary education and healthcare services to the poor and underprivileged communities for improving their living condition, at a consultation meeting yesterday.

Highlighting as fundamental rights they said there was no alternative for the betterment of the communities. Besides, restoring of good governance in the state level primary education and health sectors had become an urgent need for betterment of the public in general, they observed.

Local unit of Campaign for Good Governance (CGG), a national network of grassroots NGOs in Bangladesh, organised the meeting on findings of the social audit-2013 at a restaurant in the town.

Two reports on primary education and health were presented at the session, reports BSS. With CGG local unit President Akbarul Hassan Millat in the chair, Deputy Civil Surgeon Dr Azizul Islam and Assistant District Primary Education Officer Nur Akter Jannatul Ferdous addressed the meeting as guests of honour.

The speakers said the present government was committed to ensure the basic rights of people accurately, however, lack of field level monitoring was hindering the progress.

They underscored the need for making officials of the two concerned sectors more transparent and accountable. They said the need for political commitment and introduction of health and education insurance was urgent in this regard.

The discussants observed that the two sectors had become highly commercial and gradually turning into profit-making businesses by some opportunists, which was detrimental to the common people.

However, they urged the government to take the responsibility of ensuring education and healthcare privileges for the disadvan-taged people.

CGG National Committee Chairman Mustafizur Rahman Khan, Additional Chief Medical Officer of Rajshahi University Dr FMA Zaheed, Sushasoner Jonno Nagorik (Sujan) city unit President Jaituna Khatun also spoke. 

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