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Tabith pledges corruption-free, digital Dhaka

Update : 16 Apr 2015, 07:20 AM

Bangladesh Nationalist Party-backed mayoral candidate for Dhaka City North Tabith M Awal has promised to make the capital city free of corruption if he is elected.

He made the statement while unveiling his manifesto comprising 12 points in a press conference held at his election campaign office in the capital on Thursday afternoon.

“Everything will be digitised. So there will be no corruption,” Tabith told journalists while replying to a query.

He said: “Previous city mayors have tried to introduce city government concept but failed. I will also try my best for it and will talk to the government, if I am elected.”

BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed, Adorsho Dhaka Andolon convener Emajuddin Ahamed and member secretary Sawkat Mahmud also spoke to the programme.

Replying to a query regarding how he will work if he is elected as his party is not in the power, he said: “I have been given support by a political party but on April 28 people from all sections will cast their votes for me. If I am elected then, I will be the people’s representative. So, I will not face problem in working.”

Tabith’s manifesto started with the food management point where he promised to set up night market or farmers market in the strategic and important points of the city for farmers and city dwellers; initiative will be taken for urban agriculture; set up food court in some specific places removing scattered vendors.

In the housing sector, the 36-year old mayor candidate said holding taxes will be collected through mobile or internet technology to stop harassment and corruption.

He also pledged to build up a polluted free city where source controlling will be given importance.

The youngest mayoral candidate said walkway along with health check-up booth would be set up in every parks and free medical or mobile health service would be given for middle-income group.

"Initiative will be taken for ensuring free treatment for pregnant mothers and children upto five years in the community hospitals," he promised.

In the education sector, Tabith plans to introduce city school bus for school going students.

He said an initiative would be taken for establishing a public university in North city.

Regarding the traffic and transport management in the capital, Tabith said more flyovers, underpasses or overpasses will be constructed and illegal parking will be stopped.

He said sky walk will be introduced for smooth movement of citizens.

To bring smoothness in the waste management system, Tabith plans to introduce 3R (Reduce, Refuse and Reuse) policy.

The young politician said one stop service will be introduced for citizen services and night time shelter house will be established for shelterless people.

“Nijer Odhikar Janun’ (Know your rights) programme will be organised every year and digital electronic display of share market will be set up in the crowded places," Tabith said.

To ensure security for city people, Tabith plans to establish CCTV in every streets in phases and introduction of night time bus service.

Tabith's father Abdul Awal Mintoo, adviser to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, filed the nomination paper for the Dhaka north mayoral race.

Mintoo's candidacy was cancelled by the Election Commission on April 1, the first day of scrutiny. His appeal against that decision was rejected by the High Court. Later, the Supreme Court also upheld the HC decision.

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