Govt inertia during last few months
Wednesday, 10 September 2008

No significant performance of the government is noticeable during the last six months. Inflation, unemployment and the constantly rising prices of essential commodities are eating away at the core of our people's ability to survive . We are not provided with requisite electricity, gas, water and all the other utilities so necessary for living in urban, sub-urban and even in rural areas. Floods are slowly but surely engulfing major parts of our Country, putting millions of people out of their homes, hearths and livelihoods and yet the Emergency Government has not seen it fit to start relief operations being busy in debates whether this year's floods would be comparable in devastations with last year's or previous years' floods. Owners of garment factories are feeling so threatened by workers' violent agitations that they are considering closing down all their factories if the government does not guarantee the security of their investments and properties. The FBCCI promised to take measures to control food prices during Ramadan but has finally ended up blaming wholesalers for the exorbitant prices and is demanding market monitoring by law-enforcement agencies. The EC has been holding its umpteen rounds of talks with the politicians without coming to any solution regarding the vital issues blocking elections such as lifting the emergency, holding upazila elections before the parliamentary elections and relaxing some of the provisions of the RPO to permit political parties to register themselves with the EC. The release on bail of all key politicians charged with corruption has raised questions about the viability of the anti-corruption drive and indeed of the intentions of the Emergency Government in putting so many politicians in jails and than arranging for their release. The Government has quietly distanced itself from all its previous rhetoric of rooting out corruption, reforming politics and instituting good governance.

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