Corruption the main culprit
FOR doing anything that involves any bureaucratic permission, approval or clearance, even on routine matters, corruption seems to be the main hurdle in Bangladesh. In fact, it was identified as the top-ranking hurdle in a business report published in a local English-language daily on September 9.
The next hurdle to be identified was ‘infrastructure facilities’, including ensured and continuous power supply, followed by regular transport facilities. Next in line was ‘inefficiency of government bureaucracy’, which is closely associated with ‘corruption’, the topmost hurdle. With sufficient kickbacks, to the right person at the right place, this hurdle disappears, and every door of bureaucracy opens.
Among other hurdles, ‘paucity of trained educated workforce’ came next. However, in my considered opinion, based on around half a century of real-life experience, I have come to the conclusion that here skill and understanding is more important than mere formal education.
I have come across many illiterate workers, with some primary or informal level of education, being highly skilled and having good technical acumen, even when compared with diploma holders in engineering, in solving operational and maintenance problems of fairly complex and fully automated machines. Some of them were very sharp, intelligent, and quick to identify the problems in the machine’s function and its related complex details and rectify it.
Surprisingly, politics or political parties have not been identified as a hurdle. But given our experiences of opposition politics, irrespective of which party it may be, politics and political parties, in my view, should have been a double-digit level of hindrance, on the scale of 1 to 100, and should have been closely behind ‘inefficient bureaucracy’, which was listed among the top three.
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FOR doing anything that involves any bureaucratic permission, approval or clearance, even on routine matters, corruption seems to be the main hurdle in Bangladesh. In fact, it was identified as the top-ranking hurdle in a business report... Full story