[Dhaka Correspondent] Akbar Ali Khan, chief of the Regulatory Reforms Commission, said Tuesday nongovernmental organizations must go through massive reforms to benefit the poor. Akbar, a former bureaucrat and adviser to the caretaker government, was critical of the NGOs for moving away from its original mission of empowering poor people into money-making.
“Micro-credit is not the only remedy for poverty alleviation. An overall economic development is a must for eliminating poverty from the country,” Akbar said as he opened a project, SMILING, in the Dhaka. Prip Trust will implement the Small Initiative by Local Innovative NGOs (SMILING) Project, funded by the European Commission.
Akbar said NGOs had started their activities to change the fate of poor people but now they were “leaning all the more toward business activity.” “All big NGOs had said poor people would come to the leadership. But scope had not yet been created. All rich people occupied those posts.”
Akbar Ali said the new commission under his leadership would start working next week. Recommendations have already been sought from various business chambers and associations about what they want from the commission, Akbar said. On October 30, the interim government formed the 17-member commission headed by Akbar Ali. The commission is responsible to review all government regulations and advise the administration for changes to the official machineries.