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Silent Exit of the Caretaker Govt in Bangladesh January 14, 2009

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The caretaker government has completed its tenure of 2 years after holding the general election on 29th December 2009 and taking of the oath by the ministers of the new government.
But the exit of the caretaker government was silent and the farewell was non-ceremonial.
We have seen the advisers had thier farewell meeting in their respective ministries in small scale and the advisers meet together to present bouquet to the Chief Adviser Dr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed and had a last talk together in the office of the Chief Adviser.
The exit of the caretaker government was virtually overshadowed by the vibrant beginning of the new politcal government.

There was not much discussion on the exit of the CTG in the media.

But the way of exit of the caretaker government was always a concern for the advisers and also for citizens and politicians.

The strategy of the caretaker government was also moulded to a safe exit of the government in the second year. The initial all aggressive military approach of the CTG was changed to more diplomatic civilian appraoch of the government. An Adviser of the Government in the 2nd year should be appreciated for his cool and calculative negotiating ability, Dr. Hussain Zillur Rahman,
who was ably supported by his ather collegues of the Advisory Council. He proves the skeptic wrong about his ability one of whom is Professor Anwer Hossain, the General Secretary of DUTA who had to be in Jail accused in connection of the university violence in 2007 who in his memoir told that HJR would be the worst selection as an adviser.

The exit was silent, but is it safe? Question of safety also discussed among the public and politicians alike. Many politicians and talk show ‘experts’ raised the question and always kept CTG on alert.The win of AL is a response of the public which may ensure the honor and safety of the advisors, atleast for the time being.

An ordinary citizen

On the prediction of the causes for resignation of the advisers January 9, 2008

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No cause was formally mentioned for resignation of the 4 advisers except ‘personal reasons’.

None of the four advisers acknowledged anything earlier as their failure or any policy difference with the government which led them to resign. Rather all of them gave this aura that they tried to the best of their capability to serve the government and the country. They were busy to the last minute with their schedule of the day.

It is in contrast to the resignation of Ayub Quadri, Adviser for Education and Cultural Affairs who himself acknowledged the blame for the theft of the artifacts at Zia Airport and resigned

Then why the resignation

So it could be predicted that they resigned not by themselves, they were asked to resign.

Why they were asked to resign

Dr. Akbar Ali Khan said that changing the advisers is a routine work of the government. He is sure that it is not due to policy difference and he thought either the advisers resigned by themselves or they were asked to resign which a government can do. He also said that he is not worried about the resignation of the advisers rather he is worried about the attainment of the objectives for which the government came to the power. He opined that a non-elected government should not stay longer than necessity and holding a fair and free election should be its objective. He insisted that this government shouldn’t be failed.

Media are pointing as the causes of their resignations to the failure on the part of the advisers to improve the situations in their respective ministries and controversies they have created by comments on different issues

As for Major General (Rt) Motiur Rahman there was no major change in the set up of the ministry of health and its different organizations and there was lack of efficiency the management of haj pilgrimages this year .

For Geeteara Safiya Choudhury, media is pointing to the decision on the closure of the jute mills. But the decision of the closure of the jute mills was a policy decision of the Caretaker Government which followed the policy of the earlier governments on the advice of the Word Bank and IMF and for which an individual adviser should be blamed. Her comment on the scarcity of the fertilizer resented the media but not enough to be the reason for her resignation. The cause may be rather her depth of efficiency in the overall management of the ministries she was responsible for.

The major failure of this government is to control the price of the essentials and to ensure food security. One shouldn’t blame the Food Adviser Tapan Choudhury only for this failure as many more factors are integrated with this state of the market. The situation is more related with the ministry of finance rather than ministry of food. But the comment Adviser Tapan Choudhury made on the price of the rice in the recent past in the backdrop of food crisis was really embarrassing for the government.

The case of Barrister Moinul Hussain is a little bit different. He was virtually the speaker of the government policy and programs to the media and to the public. One of the major achievements of this government of separating Judiciary from Executives was done under his direct supervision. He was also an outspoken proponent for the campaign against corruption; he was against the old style of politics and political leaders and for reform in the political parties. He was also rigid to try and then to consider the university teachers who were arrested in relation to the DU violence. He was strongly against the trial of the war criminals during the tenure of this government on the argument that this will overburden the government and deviate it from its main objective of holding a free and fare election. For all his stands and speeches, he was much discussed in the media and much criticized from different sections including the politicians. So, with his departure will there be any major policy change in the government?

In conclusion

The major shake up of the Advisory Council may be an attempt to face lift by the government. Any change by itself does not mean good unless it could bring positive result.

The criticism of the government will not be lessened with top party leaders in the jail and will continue until the Caretaker Government handover the power to an elected government.


An ordinary citizen