Bangladesh and Mil­len­nium De­vel­op­ment Goals

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

This let­ter is apro­pos the ar­ti­cle ‘Hu­man de­vel­op­ment chal­lenge’ by Dr. Moo­nis Ah­mar, pub­lished in Southasia in its Au­gust, 2015 is­sue. The gov­ern­ment of Bangladesh has per­formed well to achieve these pre­de­fined MDGs so far, but the pace is not as fast as it is sup­posed to be. As rightly noted by the writer, the present gov­ern­ment is en­joy­ing com­plete au­thor­ity and power with no such pres­sure or chal­lenges posed by the op­po­si­tion, but still the gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts are not well di­rected and fo­cused. The main rea­son be­hind this lethargy is an un­clear agenda mixed with un­re­al­is­tic goals and ob­jec­tives. For ex­am­ple, the net en­rol­ment ra­tio of chil­dren in pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion has been in­creas­ing in Bangladesh day by day. On the other hand, the dropout rate has in­creased too, es­pe­cially in ru­ral ar­eas. Sim­i­larly, the na­tion has pos­i­tively noted a re­duc­tion of in­fant mor­tal­ity, but this trend is mainly re­stricted to ur­ban ar­eas com­pared to ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties where the in­fant mor­tal­ity rate is alarm­ingly higher. It is high time for the Bangladeshi gov­ern­ment to closely mon­i­tor its per­for­mance and make an all out ef­fort to achieve its hu­man de­vel­op­ment goals soon.

Farida Bano

Dhaka, Bangladesh

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