Creation of Rangpur, Mymensingh and Comilla Divisions before election for democracy
Saturday, 27 September 2008


The Hon’ble Chief Adviser,
Care Taker Government (CTG),
People’s Republic of Bangladesh

            Sub: Creation of Rangpur, Mymensingh and Comilla Divisions before election for democracy
                and rapid socio-economic development  of Bangladesh like Britain, Japan and S. Korea

Hon’ble Sir,

Assalamu Alaikum. I am observing from here that you are trying your best to bring positive changes in socio-economic-political situation of Bangladesh after taking the responsibility of the Chief Adviser, CTG.  As were not aware the root causes of the emergence of the present situation, your government could not take the necessary steps. Now you have very limited time in hand.

Since 1982, my mission is to build Bangladesh a rapid developing democratic state. Now Bangladesh needs three fundamental institutional reforms: a) 3 new Divisions i.e. Rangpur, Mymensingh and Comilla for democratic SAUS, b) Bicameral Parliament for Democratic Government system and c) productive, responsible and anti-corruptive National Pay Structure (Lowest-Highest Ratio shall be at 1 : 20 instead of the Present 1 : 9.5).

In 1984-90s I met eleven times with Sk. Hasina and three times with Khaleda Zia on those issues and others. Then, their mind was raw and fresh. For that reason, I could organize Barisal and Sylhet Divisions in Khaleda Zia’s regime (1992-93) and Union Area into 9 Wards (1996) in Sk. Hasina’s regime. When I reminded her again in 2001, she took step to organize Rangpur Division. So, the creation of 3 new Divisions is consensus issue to BNP and Awami League chief Leaders. However, some reforms especially area reform is difficult for political parties as have dependency on voters. But it is easier for Care Taker Neutral Government. It needs no Ordinance. Administrative steps are enough for these. It will take maximum two months.

If you kindly discuss the issues with Sk. Hasina and Khaleda Zia and request them about creating Rangpur, Mymensingh and Comilla before election, they will give you their consent. Even, they may give you consent for issuing an Interim Order for election of Bicameral Parliament if time permit. These are non-party political issue and reforms. Only those reforms shall bring the qualitative change in the political, economic, social and cultural institutions and situation in Bangladesh. Of them, democratic SAUS is most important as it ensures rapid political, economic, social and cultural development of the people.  They are voters in National and Local Governments.

Let our national election on 18th December be peaceful. Let we be blessed with Prosperous Democratic Bangladesh and the good ending of the CTG.

With Regards

Ahsanul Karim
Graduate Student
Department of ‘Public Policy and Political Economy’
University of Texas at Dallas (UTD),
Tel: 469-844-3372

Comments Add New
shahin  - we need Rangpur division soon |2009-03-29 16:50:59
me from Yemen working in UST as an IT lecturer, it is very sad to comment that it is not a new issue for creating esp Rangpur as division.many govt has gone without do anything in is a poor district in north Bengal and famous for dear to all. so we should do something for this regime which is deprived from various opportunities so tha it can be established as a develoved area in the Northern part. my request to Independent Bangladesh to publish such exposes in the news papers to make independent Rangpur for another as a division.
Karim Ahsan  - We need immediate creation of Rangpur, Mymensingh |2009-04-16 09:39:08
The SAUS institution of a state can change the character i.e. the productivities and effectiveness of the millions institutions in the state. The SAUS (state area units structure) institution performs the general role in social, economic, cultural and political development/change for a state, which is foundational and inseparable with other institutions. So, democratic reforms of the SAUS is democratic reforms of millions institutions in the state. The role of the SAUS may vary in the different stages of historical development of the modern state, but there is no close substitute of it. The major effects of the structural and situational constraints of the democratic SAUS institutions are: it consolidates and ensures:

1. Comprehensive democratic distribution of the people and the political, administrative, economic, social and cultural forces in the state;

2. Widespread democratic shape of the local and national institutions and their democratic local and national integrations;

3. Diminish of the rising anarchy, terrorism and fundamentalism attitude and values by the democratic institutions and culture;

4. Higher automatic mitigations of many local political conflicts and crisis;

5. Progressive competition, efficiency and development in all respects; and progressive democratic market institutions and equitable income distribution;

6. Necessity reforms in time and good governance in public and private sectors;

7. National balanced democratic political, economic, social and cultural development based on national characteristics and historical inheritances;

After creation of 3 new Divisions i.e. Rangpur, Mymensingh and Comilla, the SAUS institution would be best demoratic on the basis of our 64 districts and our geographical landscape. With 4 (four) divisions, the stable economic growth could not possible to raise over 4.0% on average during 45 years (1947-92). After creation of Barisal and Sylhet divisions, the stable averageeconomic growth gradually rose to 6.5%. By creation of 3 new Divisions i.e. Rangpur, Mymensingh and Comilla, stable average economic growth will stand to 9.0 % on by 5/6 years (every year by 0.5%).

Economic growth is not only economic resouces, but also is political, social and cultural. State is also not only economic as Marx has thought, but also political, social and cultural. So, political, social, economic and cultural progess/development primarily depends on the democratic political, social, economic and cultural institutions as well as primarily on the democratic SAUS institution.

Now Govt. is going to give Tk. 3,000 Crore grants/aids to exporters for protecting the trends of Exports. Thereafter, Govt have to give several times Tk. 3,000 Crore grants/aids to meet demands/pressure of others corners and those shall generate political and other crisis. These policy is against market economy and equitable rights guaranted in the Constitution. Rather, Govt should advance special time laon to expoters with less interest rate or without interest.

But only by expensing Tk. 15 Crore per year for the creation of 3 new propsed Divisions with existing manpower, govt can ensure permanent higher growth of exports and imports substitutions of the economy. It shall also make trade-trend to about-turn with our neighour countries as our market economic institutions will be at best foem for 9 Divisions. Not only that, it will improve the law and order and anarchic conditions of the country surprisingly, which are essential for the higher growth of the economy and higher govt. revenue for ensuring energy, communication and other infrastructures/facilities.

Now Bangladesh needs Regional/Provincial Governments than Upozela/Zela Local governments. 9 Divisions would be the foundation of Democratic Union/federal Bangladesh. As based on 4 (four) Provinces, Pakistan is still a autocratic state. As started with many Provinces, India is democratic state with inherited same administrative system since 1947.
Union/federal state is more democratic than Unitary state like now Bangladesh. With 9-15 Provinces, a Union/federal state is better progressive democratic state.

I was the conceptual initiator of the upgradining Thana into Mohokuma/Upozela (1982-83), Mohokuma into Zela (1984), Barisal and Sylhet Divisions (1993-94) and Union into 9 Wards (1996). Could we imagine now the situation of Bangladesh with 15 Crore. population without those reforms?
Mohammed Fazlul Karim  - We want to Comilla New Division. |2009-04-24 05:02:55
Comilla is obviously an important District in the country as it is in the middle of the capital city, Dhaka and commercial city Chittagong as well as adjacent to the Capital besides various important government and non government offices, Institutions, organisations are situted in this district. Those are Manamati Cantonment, Comilla Export processing zone , Secondary and Higher Secondary education Board, Bangladesh Rural Development Academy, Polytecnnic Institutions (Govt.) Teachers Tranning College (Govt.) Public University Of Comilla , Comilla Medical College & Hospital (Govt.) Comilla Cadet College and so on. In fact all these offices, Institutions Organisations would not be found all together even in some divisional towns let alone in districts. It may be mentioned here that this district abounds in population and the population is increasing day after day. So the Town is expanding Speeding to accommodate the incressed- Population therein. Considering the facts the district is needed indeed to be upgraded to a Division in no time. The people of this District have been long time Demanding to upgrade their district into a Division for a long time, Obviously their Demand reasonable and realistic. I think Comilla is not less important then those of the newly Created two Divisions namely. Borisal and Sylhet is Comilla inferior to those? Certaily not moreover. Comilla is enriched with its lands Cape as well as a naitural resources. The rate Of Educated People is high here. A good percentage of People Of Comilla are highly Qualified and this District abounds with Political Personalities . They all are serving at home and abroad efficiently and sincerely obviously , the people of this district deserve a Divitional Headquater in comilla despite all these Positive/favoourable Points Comilla is unfortunately yet to acnieve the Prestige of a divisional town. The People of Sylhet had to struggle a lot to implement their demands. People Of Comilla are eagerly wating for hearing the announcement that comilla as a divisional town.
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