Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Meeting with Food and Disaster Management Minister

2 March 2010, Tuesday
The Aila Durgoto Sanghati Mancho (Solidarity Platform for Aila
Victims) and Aila-Biddhosto Bandh Nirman Gonosangram Committee
(Peoples Movement Committee for Reconstruction of Aila damaged
Embankments) leaders meet the Minister for Ministry of Food and
Disaster Management Dr. Abdur Razzaque today. Mr. Razzaque receives
the joint memorandum of the committees before a meeting with them
along with other civil society leaders. The committee leaders submit a
memorandum of 8-point demands including (a) Involving military and
local people in reconstruction of the embankments (b) following the
design of the government for sustainability of the embankments (c)
punishment of responsible contractors and officials of Bangladesh
Water Development Board (BWDB) for their negligence in repairing
embankments (d) raising the height of the embankments considering
future impact of climate change (e) not excluding the people by
construction of ring-dikes (f) amendment of Embankment Law 1952 with
provision of adequate punishment for damaging embankments (g)
development of a Embankment Management Policy for participatory
management of the embankments and (h) Instalment of Tidal River
Management (TRM) system in the polders to allow sediment for saving
rivers and cultivable lands
The minister hears the arguments of the committee leaders and requests
them to suggest for next measures. He assures about sincerity of him
and his government for repairing the embankments. He says, It is our
failure that we could not let the Aila victim 300 thousand people go
back home even after 9 months of cyclone Aila. We should depend on the
people for adequate action rather than BWDB. Involving BWDB was a
wrong decision, and now we have to rethink about the whole plan. The
minister commits to sit with Prime Minister, Minister for Water
Resources and local Members of Parliament after back to Dhaka.
Some effective decisions has taken in the meeting like formation of
local monitoring and supervision committee with power of review the
plan of action, deploying Assistant Director General, Chief Engineer
and Chief Designer of BWDB to the Field for whole time, involving
Mayor of Khulna City Corporation and local MPs with the reconstruction
activities for next 15 days and making rules of payment flexible for
emergency activities.
Convener of Aila Durgoto Sanghati Mancho Advocate Feroz Ahmed, Member
Secretary Hasan Mehedi, Member Secretary of Aila-Biddhosto Bandh
Nirman Gonosangram Committee Ashek-E-Elahi, focal point Mahbubur
Rahman Mohon, Awami League leader Humayun Kabir Boby, Jasod leader
Rafiqul Huq Khokon, Workers Party leader Farukh-Ul-Islam, Biplobi
Workers Party leader Manirul Huq Bacchu, Basod leader Delwar Uddin
Dilu, Gonoforum leader Biplob, Nishcha leader Hasibul Islam, Sammobadi
Dal leader FM Iqbal, Aila victim Bidhan Mondal, Masum, Khokon and Tito
is present in the meeting among others.