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A plan to decentralize

  • Published at 12:00 am February 12th, 2019
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Photo: MAHMUD HOSSAIN OPU

The lack of any regulation in the development of upazilas have  contributed to our lack of a decentralized economy

One of the biggest problems currently facing Bangladesh is the country’s over-reliance on our capital city for every facet of our economy.

While we have always championed the cause of decentralizing Bangladesh, the relative silence on the end of our government regarding the issue has been frustrating, to say the least.

Which is why it is good to know that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina herself has recently spoken out on the issue, seeking a master plan from our administrative forces to prop up the nation’s upazilas.

In fact, the PM rightly called out the unplanned manner in which our upazilas have been developed up to this point. The lack of any regulation in the development of upazilas and rural outskirts have, in large part, contributed to our lack of a decentralized economy.

Due to a lack of adequate housing, hospitals, market spaces, educational institutes, recreational spaces, farmland, and industries in and around our rural areas, people invariably seek out such services and spaces in the capital, leading to a high number of our overall population to be concentrated in one area.

The centralized nature of our economy puts a lot of pressure on the capital, leading to a lot of infrastructural inefficiency that ends up impacting our economy itself.

This is not good for us in the long term, but the new move is only a first step.

The onus now lies on our administration -- in particular the Local Government, Rural Development, and Cooperatives Ministry -- to follow through on the PM’s vision and deliver a plan that would seek to decentralize our nation to make all parts of it more liveable.