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Its citizens' moral responsibility to keep the city clean

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05th-Jan-2019       
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THE North and South City Corporations of Dhaka are putting extra labour into removing polls-time posters, but it seems residents are not getting a clean city anytime soon, as new posters and banners with congratulatory messages to elected MPs are replacing them.    
Within a day or two after the national election, several activists and supporters of Awami League put up posters with their names and photos at different establishments, congratulating the newly elected lawmakers. Painting graffiti on walls or putting up posters on them beyond designated places is a punishable offence, according to the Graffiti Writing and Poster Sticking Control Act, 2012.
It is unthinkable that in a civilized society that people would put up eyesores like posters on walls and every public avenue on flimsy grounds. Whatever the reasons maybe, it is simply not an acceptable behaviour. It seems that those who put up such posters do so to either curry favour with the powerful or to advertise commercial goods and services.
Both of these reasons are invalid as the act of putting up posters in public places makes them look like eyesores. There is no reason why a huge amount of public funds must be utilized to get rid of them. The amount of fines levied is insignificant--and so far no one has actually been charged on these grounds. The fines must be increased and the law implemented for these law breakers to be implemented properly to correct their actions.
We must say, keeping the immediate surroundings clean should be the primary target of any civilized nation. There are many dustbins placed at regular intervals across the capital. But what we see that; there is always more garbage surrounding the bin than inside it. The citizens cannot be so apathetic.  It is the duty of every person to keep the city clean. To keep the city clean is not really a choice, it is a duty; a moral responsibility of every citizen.

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