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2 city corpns want more power for 100 magistrates

Anti-dengue drive
DEEPAK ACHARJEE, Dhaka
2 city corpns want more power for 100 magistrates

Two city corporations - Dhaka North City Corporations (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporations (DSCC) -- have requested the secretary of the public administration ministry to provide more magisterial power to 100 executive magistrates, now posted in the local government bodies as part of taking steps to prevent mosquito menace in the city.

Of the 100 executive magistrates, the DSCC sought more magisterial power for 75 officials working on deputation from different ministries and divisions and for 25 officials of the DSCC, sources in the DSCC and the DNCC said. The chief executive officers of the DNCC and the DSCC have written letters to the secretary of the public administration ministry last week seeking magisterial power for the officials, the sources added.

Mostafizur Rahman, CEO of the DSCC, told The Independent they had set up mobile courts headed by executive magistrates in every 75 wards of the city corporation to raise awareness among city dwellers, who own building infrastructures.

“We conducted various programmes to raise awareness among people to prevent mosquito menace over the last few days, but some people still won’t learn.

That’s why the mobile courts will conduct drives to make them aware of the mosquito menace,” he said.

Mostafizur Rahman informed that as many as 12 executive magistrates were conducting mobile courts in different wards of the city.

“Under the city corporation act, the mobile court can fine highest of Tk5,000 for petty offence. But, the district magistrate has the power to impose more fine,” he said.

Rabindra Sri Barua, secretary of the DNCC, told this correspondent they had written to the public administration ministry to provide more magisterial power to 25 executive magistrates to conduct the drive in their wards. But, the ministry hasn’t yet responded to their request, he added.

“At least 10 mobile courts were conducting drives in the DNCC areas now,” he said.

When contacted, a senior official of the public administration ministry said they had received the letters from the city corporations for providing magisterial power to 100 officials, who are working on deputation at the ‘Dengue Prevention Cell’ of the city corporations concerned.

“We are scrutinising them for providing magisterial power to the officials,” he said.

Meanwhile, a mobile court of DSCC has fined different establishments, including Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) as larvae of aedes mosquitoes were found at several places in Dhanmondi area.

On July 3, the High Court had directed the two Dhaka city corporations to take effective steps to prevent mosquito menace in the capital.

According to a report of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), over 54,797 people were infected with dengue till date and 40 people died.

The dengue cases have been spreading across the country due to intermittent rain, the changing pattern of the weather and lack of cleanliness.

BK

 

 

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