This year's conference is particularly important as DCs from all 64 districts will receive specific guidelines on government work ahead of the national polls
The Deputy Commissioners' (DC) Conference - the annual meeting of the administrative heads in the districts around the country - will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office at 10am on Tuesday.
The three-day event is particularly significant this year as DCs from all 64 districts will be briefed on specific guidelines on government work ahead of the parliamentary election scheduled for December.
Following the inaugural session at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), at least 18 working sessions will be held in this year's conference where the DCs will meet with ministers, advisers, state ministers, deputy ministers and senior secretaries of different agencies under 52 ministries.
The Cabinet Division arranges the DC conference every year to bring together all 64 DCs to one platform, where they can discuss an array of issues: problems they face at the field level and how to resolve them, problems between the district administrations and public representatives, the situations of law and order, militancy and violence against women and children, education, local development work, unemployment, land management, disaster management, demands of the people, and many more.
“Government instructions are implemented by DCs in their districts as field-level officers,” Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told the Dhaka Tribune. “They face many difficulties while carrying out the instructions. These issues are brought out at the conference where they can directly discuss with the government how to sort the problems out.
“In a nutshell, this conference is a bridge between the field-level officers – the DCs – and the top government bodies which helps the overall progress of the government's work at district level,” he added.The DCs are also the head of the law and order committees at district level, and during elections they act as district magistrate, playing a pivotal role during both the local and the national elections under the supervision of the Election Commission.
On occasions, they also play the role of returning officers during polls when the Election Commission has a shortage of manpower.
In this year's conference, the Awami League-led government plans to discuss which projects should be implemented on a priority basis ahead of the national polls in order to strengthen the government's image, said a senior Cabinet Division official.
“The DCs will receive three instructions from the government: accelerate the development work ahead of the polls, convey the government's development philosophy to the people, ensure a better law and order situation,” the official told the Dhaka Tribune, requesting anonymity.