Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Thursday, June 20, 2019 06:21:37 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Commentary

Government seems less responsive to public demands but more eager to please special groups

By Editorial Desk
11th-Sep-2015       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Chaos and lawlessness gripped the city as students of private universities took to the streets yesterday protesting VAT on their institutions taking the situation at a breaking point. Students fear that the VAT will increase their tuition fees and they want the government to withdraw it. More importantly, private universities are discriminated against public universities.
Chaos and protest swept across the private university campuses and they locked in fights with police and as it appears unidentified young men blamed to be ruling party cadres later emerged in the scene to clear the streets.
TV footage shows students and unknown party activists are chasing each other at Dhanmondi last night where transport vehicles were also damaged in the violence. Such occurrences were also reported from other city points till last evening.
Meanwhile, public universities have also turned violent over the past few days protesting the new pay scale.
But the government appears inefficient to face critical situations and careless about lawlessness everywhere making people feel helpless.
The reckless comment by Finance Minister at this moment that public university teachers have lack of knowledge has further aggravated the campus protest. Most people blame the Finance Minister's thoughtless and hasty remarks for causing irritation among others. Something has gone wrong with him. He was not like this.
In all teachers of 37 public universities are observing work abstention from Wednesday protesting the Finance Minister's unsavory comment. It appears that the minister has already apologized but the damage has already been done making the varsities violent breaking their peaceful environment.
The Finance Minister is again primarily responsible to push the students to take to the streets. He is paying Tk. 15,905 crore this year as additional cost to pay for the new pay scale of government servants. The additional cost will cross Tk.23,000 crore from next year showing compulsion to make them happy.
In this situation people now see a parallel to imposing 7.5 percent VAT on private universities as part of the government desperate move to collect more and more revenue for funding the unprecedented pay scale for bureaucracy.
The government has enhanced taxes and duties an everything possible to raise money without caring the hardships being caused to the ordinary people. It appears unresponsive to the people's needs and too eager to help the privileged groups.
The government has already raised utility charges and levies on government services to collect more revenue by recklessly raising the cost of business and the people's cost of living. Though the Finance Minister is not responsible for all the financial decisions, but he attracts all the blame.
NBR officials assertion that VAT on private universities would not affect the students is in fact and attempt to treat  education a business and trying to tax it like any other commodity. The government must know education can't be a source of funding the bureaucracy by way of new tax.  
Students of least a dozen private universities in the capital in addition to some other cities on Thursday made acrimonious protest causing traffic jam in the streets forcing buses and private transports to wait for hours together. Earlier 35 students of East-West University were injured in police action. It is unfortunate that the government is trying to deal the students with police while sidetracking the real issue. Students have warned they would return to the streets until the VAT has not been withdrawn indicating more chaos.  
This is a time when the teachers of the public universities are also agitating demanding a separate pay scale as they have rejected the new pay scale as degrading to their status and financial interest. Government College teachers have also joined the agitations as they said the new pay scale for the government servants has deprived them of the selection grade in their service. Primary school teachers have also started movement, demanding upgradation of their status. Meanwhile Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) remained almost closed since April this year as a section of teachers are demanding removal of the Vice-Chancellor while the government is protecting him from falling into disgrace. As it appears that the country's academic activities are facing severe setback and the blame must go to the government.
The government appears good at creating chaos, disorder but always enthusiastically talk of development.

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Govt's machinery is broken: HC's direction is welcome but will not work


Selling and storing of substandard and expired drugs in the pharmacies across the country have reached such a dangerous stage that it has now become extremely harmful for the public health requiring the High Court to interfere.  The government seems to have totally failed to ensure proper monitoring in this ...

Football »

France detain soccer great Platini in 2022 World Cup probe


AP, Paris :French police investigating whether corruption played a role in the stunning decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar took 1980s soccer superstar and former top executive Michel Platini into custody Tuesday for questioning.Platini's representatives denied any wrongdoing on his part, saying he is "absolutely confident in ...

International »

Johnson looks to cement UK leadership lead after surviving TV debate


Brexit figurehead Boris Johnson will look to cement his stranglehold of the UK leadership race Wednesday after emerging unscathed from a TV debate against his four remaining rivals.The former foreign minister kept his cool and made no evident stumbles in a showdown that followed a second-round ballot in which he ...

Business & Economy »

MBL's award giving ceremony held


Economic Reporter :Mercantile Bank Ltd on Monday organised the 'Mercantile Bank Sommanona-2019' to award four eminent personalities and one institution for their outstanding contributions to the society. Bangladesh Bank Governor Fazle Kabir handed over the gold medals, crests and cheques to all the awardees at a graceful ceremony at Hotel ...

Entertainment »

Maera Mishra is excited about her upcoming projects!


Maera Mishra is an Indian actor and model. She is as in the 11th season of MTV Splitsvilla. Ever since she featured in Splitsvilla Maera has not looked back. Maera is also a budding actor and she could be seen in love on the run on MTV, Savdhan India, Fear ...

Entertainment »

Soundarya Sharma yet again strikes a humanitarian chord


It was just recently when she instead of attending an event chose to help an injured cyclist. Now we just learned that Actor Soundarya Sharma is sponsoring health care for an elderly couple for a year, she came across an article about how elderly are lacking proper health care, as ...

International »

Trump heads back to base for 2020 campaign kickoff


President Donald Trump will get a big crowd of his most loyal supporters at Tuesday's official 2020 reelection campaign kickoff in Florida but dismal early poll numbers show the larger-than-life Republican businessman is vulnerable.Organizers claim the Orlando rally has sold out a 20,000-seat arena, with many more to gather outside, ...

International »

China warns US against opening ME 'Pandora's box'


AFP, Beijing :China on Tuesday warned against opening a "Pandora's box" in the Middle East after the United States announced the deployment of 1,000 additional troops to the region amid escalating tensions with Iran.Foreign Minister Wang Yi also urged Tehran to not abandon the nuclear agreement "so easily" after Iran ...

Cricket »

Shakib Al Hasan: A man born to create milestone


Talismanic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan now won two matches for Bangladesh in this World Cup, all by alone. When most of his teammates looked inconsistent, he did it by his own almost, albeit with little support from two different men in two different games.In Bangladesh's 21-run victory over South Africa, ...

Editorial »

No development projects destroying the Sundarbans


TRANSPARENCY International Bangladesh has called upon the government to immediately suspend all controversial projects, including the Rampal Power Plant near the Sundarbans. TIB also expressed deep concern following the UNESCO's recent proposal to put the Sundarbans on the list of "World Heritage in Danger" in the proposed agenda for its ...

Cricket »

Jason Roy to miss Afghanistan, Sri Lanka games with hamstring tear


England opening batsman Jason Roy, who left the field during the team's eight-wicket win over West Indies, has been ruled out of their next two matches, against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, an England and Wales Cricket Board release announced on Monday, 17 June.Roy had left the field during the West ...

International »

"Khashoggi death painful, stop exploiting case": Saudi Crown Prince


 AFP, Riyadh :Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has warned against "exploiting" the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi for political gains, in what appeared to be a veiled attack on Turkey.Turkey's ties with Saudi Arabia have come under strain since the brutal murder last October of Khashoggi in the Saudi ...

Editorial »

No end to pain and miseries of slum dwellers


LOCAL Government Division Minister on Sunday informed the National Parliament that about 6.46 lakh people were living in 3,394 slums in the capital city Dhaka. Responding to a question from a lawmaker, he said there were 1,639 slums housing 4,99,011 people in the Dhaka North City Corporation area and 1,755 ...

Entertainment »

Taylor Swift releases new single You Need To Calm Down


Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift needs us to calm down but with the release of her latest single we just can’t! The 29-year-old singer dropped her new single titled You Need To Calm Down from her upcoming studio album Lover. The artist shared the lyrical video of the song on her official ...

Cricket »

No fracture found on Mushfiqur's forearm


Bangladesh heaved a huge sigh of relief after an X-ray report revealed that Mushfiqur Rahim had no fracture on his forearm.Mushfiqur, considered as the most dependable batsman of the country, got hit on his right forearm during a batting practice session while facing a bouncer from pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman.He ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news