First 30 Days Plan for our next Prime Minister

Manirul Islam

Manirul Islam

To form a cabinet will be public’s first litmus test for Sheikh Hasina. To the public, it will be the very morning that will show them the days of next five years. The cabinet has to be a discreet blend of old and young, experience and commitment, patriotism and skill. Politicians, bureaucrats, subject experts and technocrats with clear numeric superiority of elected representatives will create the dynamics of this team for change.

Elected party politicians and patriotic alliance partners should be the first choice to fill vital portfolios like Home, Foreign, Finance, Defense, Industry, Information, Education, Health, Energy, Agriculture, Food etc. Partners of strategic alliance having questionable and vacillating political past should be kept out of the core and may be appointed on less vital portfolios. Ministries like Energy, Environment, Minerals, and Human Rights may go to technocrats and subject experts with proven loyalty to party.

Leaders like Suranjit, Amu, Sheikh Salim, Jalil, Musharaf should be kept out of the cabinet. Matia, Mahiuddin Alamgir, Subid Ali, Abdur Razzak, AK Khandker, Tofael, Nahid, Col Farook, Dipumani, Saber, Hasan Mahmud, Noor, Nanak, Mustafa Jalal should be kept in the cabinet. Across the party line, Menon, Inu should get important portfolio in the cabinet. Among the veterans Latif Siddiqui, Sajeda, Zillur, Muhith should be in the cabinet. Faruk Chowdhury, Tawfiq Elahi, Tawfiq Imam, Zamir Ali should be in the cabinet as technocrat. There should be one minority representation from CHT and minimal or insignificant representation of Ershad. President should be one from the respectable party veteran, not Dr. Yunus in any way.

The cabinet should be slim in size. In upcoming by-elections elements like Hasanat Abdullah, Sheikh Helal, Joynal Hajari, Shamim Osman must not be taken into consideration. Considering poor election result of greater Noakhali and to shore up future support for this government, a vital position in the government should be assigned for a young and bright personality of that region.

Family consideration, regional consideration, kitchen cabinet, influence of inner circle and elite circle must be avoided in construction of this cabinet. Rather a pro-active, futuristic, environment friendly, homogeneous team will navigate this government with utmost clarity, confidence and professionalism. A vibrant progressive image will reflect vision, political philosophy, practices and accountabilities of the government and must be retained through five years tenure.

The press corps of PM office must be a pool of talents with extraordinary linguistic, oratory and debating skill having the capability of building communication bridge with public on the pillars of trust and confidence. Press Secretary must frequently face the press and must update public on progress and predicaments on every issue of governance.

Sheikh Hasina presented nation a vision for change. The nation galvanized historic unity and gave her absolute mandate and responsibility to change the future of our people, of our country. AL did not fail in translating the trust of the people into reality in 1970. AL will not fail the challenge of 2009 to take our nation to prosperity. This is our hope today.

Manirul Islam writes from Canada, He is one of our guest writers.


3 Responses to “First 30 Days Plan for our next Prime Minister”

  1. Engr Khondkar Abdus Saleque

    Sheikh Hasina is very much aware who has corruption and crinimal records in her party and alliance.During her last tenure as PM she had very week Foreign Minister.But She could do nothing but to bear with Af geing Late Abadus Samad Azad, This time she must have a proesiional diplomat as foreign minister. Farookh Chowdhury can be good Choice. He must have a very strong and honest Home Minister .Major ( Rafique) may be Home Minister. If Matia Chowdhury likes She can reamin as Food and Agriculture minsier.He can be supported by two young state ministers. H.T.Imam Can be Ex establishement Minister, Dr Farasuddin may be Finamce Minister, Muhith may be planning Minister, Toafel Can be coomerce minister but he must remain honest as he did not have claen record. Dr.Rurul Haque may be health Minister with Dr .Mustafa Jajal Mahiuddin as his deputy.Nurul Islam Nahid can be education minster . Suranjit SenGupta , Ameer Hussain Amu , Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir may not be in the minstry. Razzak can be Local Government minster.Energy , Telecommunication , Works , Irrigation and Flood Control, Enironment, Communication ministries must be manned by line professionals of credible track record.
    This government will have take serious challenges to rescue the country.So selection of minisers must be done very carefully.
    Energy minstry is very important.Persons who were involved in controversy last time must not be choosen.If Matia Chowdhury agrees She can be Energy Minster also with two young party loyal energy professionals supporting her in Energy and Power sectors as state ministers.

  2. Engr Khondkar Abdus Saleque

    There are few typos in the above comment.I wrote this write travelling by train back home after work in Melbourne CBD.
    We hope .Hasina will have a performing cabinet today. BAL will have same fate if not careful.Corrupt and criminals must not spared even if they are sons, daughters of main leaders . The party leaders who stood by Hasina in crisis like Zillur Rahman,Motia Chowdhury and Syed Ashraful Islam must be properly evaluated.She must be careful about reformists. Ershad can be effectively utlised. He is mover and shaker no doubt. He had head a task force to control price spirals and combat terrorism.We also like to see that Political advisors and Secretaries to PM are right persons.Hasina must make sure that beauracrats do not confuse her in making appropraite decisions.
    We have formed a very strong link of all Petrobangla professionals leaving abroad In the name of Petrodesh.We will respond to PMs call anytime to assist in any good program to help Bangladesh Energy Sector.

  3. Abdur Rouf

    Its not yet 30 days. Therefore, the following clip should be fine. Its about today’s Upazilla Elections that was hastily arranged by the preceding illegitimate unconstitutional government of Fakruddin. One of its purpose was to create chaos and confusion by enacting dual leadership so that Bangladesh’s embryonic democracy could be jeopardized.

    I have just come back after visiting some centers.

    There is very little interest among people. Turnout is low to moderate. Many have said they are not at all interested. May said it was sheer wastage of money. Many alleged massive corruption by the past unelected government was behind the idea. They actually wanted to foment instability in governance by the elected government. Sporadic violence took place in few places.

    The quality of Upazilla members is poor. I have doubt if they would have the administrative skills to deliver. It’s petty interest and internal scuffles and corruption that will flourish if these people are given a free hand in managing business themselves. There must be supervision by MPs for at least ten years to train them up.

    The MPs should directly get involved and advice these inexperienced people in how to manage their affairs. Village politics in Bangladesh is very dirty.

    The unelected unconstitutional government of Fakruddin arranged this election by promulgating illegal ordinances to create rift between the MPs and Upazilla Parishad members.

    But due to Awami League’s
    landslide victory in December 2008 the conspiracy hatched in January 11, 2007 has been foiled.

    The outcome of the elections will have little bearing on affairs of the state.

    The MPs will have to extend their all out assistance and cooperation to the UZ members to educate and train them.

    In a country where the majority are not properly educated it was inappropriate and illogical for the past fascist government to create a counter force against popularly elected parliamentarians.

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