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Self-respecting nations do not follow caretaker govt: Habibur
DHAKA, Nov 26 (BSS) - Former chief adviser of the caretaker government and ex-chief justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman today
supported the scrapping of caretaker government system saying
such a provision was unbefitting for a nation having self-

"When the elected representatives could be entrusted for the
running of the government, why they cannot be relied for
supervising election as a caretaker government," he told the
opening of the launching of a lecture series on 40 years of

Rahman, who headed the non-party caretaker government in
1996, said, "There are countries in the world where elections
have been held in civil war situation and power has been
transferred without the mechanism of caretaker government."

Prime Minister's international affairs adviser Dr Gowher
Rizvi also joined the session as a special guest as BRAC
University and University of Bath of Britain jointly organized
the lecture series titled "40 Years of Bangladesh: Retrospect and
Future Prospect" at BRAC Centre here.

Reviewing the country's achievements in the past decades,
Rahman appreciated the accomplishment of Bangabandhu murder trial
and carrying out the fifteenth amendment to the constitution.

"Trial of the killers of Bangabandhu and the fifteenth
amendment to the constitution have erased the blots that fell on
us during the military regime," he said.

He also welcomed the initiatives to expose to justice the
perpetrators of "crimes against humanity" during the Liberation
War saying "it is hoped that the completion of trial for
genocidal crimes would have a cleansing effect that may cement
the national cohesion".

In his speech, the former chief justice touched upon many
points and perspectives of the country's political trend as well
as economic and development aspects but was critical of the state
of politics.

"Politics became an investment in the country rather than a
tool for serving the people in the revived political system since
the early 1990s. Sixty-four percent of members of parliament are
businessmen, with only 16 percent were lawyers in the present
parliament," he said.

Rahman marked six issues as the challenges for the Bangladesh
economy describing them as "inflation, price-balancing for energy
consumption, balancing monetary and fiscal policy, problem of
foreign investment, defaulting loan and improvement of the

"We are to build institution to deal with economic, social
and governance problems - to work for a more equitable society.
.. . our future will be highly dependent on human capital where
board-based education will be essential prerequisite," he said.

For the future, he said the country must spread education,
foster study of science and technology, improve law and order
situation, improve the infrastructure, meet the demand for energy
and communication and keep corruption within bearable limit and
be a little more law-abiding.

"This is important to have the dream of a 'middle income'
country by 2021 fulfilled," said the former chief adviser who
headed an eventful tenure of the interim administration that
staged the landmark 1996 general elections.
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