Bangladesh and Millennium Development Goals
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.