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Press Release Summary = Bangladesh Home Minister Lutfuzzaman Babar, who has already attained highest appreciation for his continuous drive against terrorism and Islamist radicals deserves appreciation.
Press Release Body = It was April 2004. Main Bangladesh's opposition Awami League (AL) declared to topple down the ruling alliance in the country led by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) by 30th of the same month. Home minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury, a former air chief was totally confused. He was shaky on taking decisions. Meanwhile, country's law and order situation went into worst ever state. Every day, only in Dhaka city, more than 10 murders were taking place. Extortion was becoming a regular part of civic life. Some of the big figures in the ruling party and even in the cabinet were almost set to resign and join former President Badruddoza Chowdhury's newly formed political front. At such an alarming situation, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia decided to remove Altaf Chowdhury from Home Ministry thus giving the sole responsibility to junior minister Lutfuzzaman Babar. Many of the top policy makers were bursting into laughter in secret, at the decision of the Prime Minister, terming Babar to be a 'naÔve' to run the ministry. Even some of the senior ministers openly opposed to the decision of Khaleda Zia and advised her to look for a senior figure for the post. But the PM was not ready to move from her stand. She had the confidence in this young man. After assuming the office, Babar immediately convinced Mrs. Zia to form an elite force in the country, with the members of police and armed forces. Rapid Action Battalion came into being, and right after being in action, their first big catch was Pichchi Hannan, a notorious and most ferocious criminal don. Just in two weeks, RAB turned into nightmare for the criminals and terrorists. There was dramatic improvement in Bangladesh's law and order situation. Ball came in the court of the government. It forced the major opposition party to retreat from their drastic movement. April 30th passed peacefully, while BNP's position could not be even cracked by any means. And this was the beginning of the success story of Lutfuzzaman Babar, a businessman turned politician, who is the youngest home minister in Bangladesh's history. Today, Babar has already turned into an icon of courage and commitment in Bangladesh. And, he is possibly one of the Mr. Cleans in Bangladesh politics, whose name never came in the queue of, corrupts. It is very often in Bangladesh, for the ministers and members of cabinet to complain about their 'cold war' with bureaucracy. Many ministers complain that bureaucrats and officials ignore their orders and instruction, which they term, as one of the biggest problems in ensuring an effective ministry. In contrary, Ministry of Home Affairs has a very different view. Top bureaucrats and officials in this ministry, as well in other departments under Home Ministry are not only loyal to their minister, but, they are delivering their finest degree of works, for the good of the nation. While in other ministers, thousands of letters from the people stay unattended, or in special cases, junior officers give their 'precious' glimpse over the subject, Babar is the man, who opens and looks into each and every letter people send to his ministry. Not only that! The junior minister gives specific instructions on each of such letters or petitions, giving a deadline for necessary actions. He even routinely monitors the fate of these papers. But, unfortunately, many of his programs could never see the light of sun, just because, a large number of financial proposals sent by this ministry to the Ministry of Finance are turned down with the excuse of shortage of fund. There are instances of the Finance Ministry of giving approval to less important or even unimportant proposals sent by other ministries, while they have a kind of ignorant attitude towards the Ministry of Home Affairs. Today, Bangladesh's junior minister needs a number of helicopters and some other sophisticated equipment for strengthening or boosting his anti terrorist and anti Islamist radical operations. But, just because of fund, he is rather forced to keep a number of planning in deep freezer. Some big powers assured to provide logistic support to this ministry, but virtually their commitments turned into mere lip service. Progress of Bangladesh greatly depends on good governance. And for attaining this goal, Bangladesh needs to search for more 'Babar' in other ministries.
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