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Readers’ Voice

15 November 2022

Uphold democratic

Bangladesh is emerged on the basis of democratic principles which were later constitutionally recognised. Article 25 to 46 of the constitution of Bangladesh defined the fundamental rights of the people that clearly stated that Bangladesh is a democratic country. The country has impressive display in the world, theoretically, but not practically. It is creating an internal threat for the country, because in practice there are not much democratic values upheld in our regular practice.
Democratic struggle in the East Pakistan from 1947 to 1971 results in emergence of students' organization, labour union and feminist movement. They directly or indirectly influence the politics and economic affairs of the present Bangladesh. The country now needs to run its regular state affairs according to the constitution which was originally adopted in 1972 with no change in four basic principles. This will certainly create a great image for Bangladesh externally and internally.

Abdur Razzaq

Impose ban on

It is a matter of pain that the ban of polythene has no effect whatsoever on the everyday use of polythene bags for grocery shopping. Someone says that there is no alternative use of polythene but if we can use all of our jute to produce Sonali Bags, then we can meet one-fourth of the global demand. So, it is a foolish to say there are no alternatives.
Since September 2002, using and producing polythene is a criminal offence. According to Section 6 (A) of the Environment Conservation Act, 1995, the government can impose ban on production, import, marketing, display for sale, store, distribution, commercial transportation of commercial use of polythene if found harmful for the environment by gazette notification. Violators will be fined a minimum Tk 50,000 to maximum Tk 10 lakh or minimum one year to maximum 10 years of imprisonment, or both depending on the circumstances.
The law enforcement agencies and local administration should be strict to implement the polythene banning act.

Md. Zillur Rahaman
Gandaria, Dhaka

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