Published:  12:47 AM, 12 September 2019

'Land ministry won't take liabilities of registration department'

'Land ministry won't take liabilities of registration department' US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Robert Miller paid a courtesy call on the land minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury at his office in the Secretariat on Wednesday. -AA

The Land Ministry will not take any responsibility for the works or land registration-related corruption of the Registration Department.

They (sub-registrars) work under the Ministry of Law. I have already proposed to bring the Registration Department under the Ministry of Land. Either it (Registration Department) needs to come under the Land Ministry's jurisdiction or it has to work on the same page with land ministry in every respect for the public interest.

Land minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury said these in response to a question regarding a recent TIB report during a briefing session with journalists on Wednesday morning at his office in the secretariat.

Earlier, the US Ambassador to Bangladesh, Earl Robert Miller paid a courtesy call on the land minister. Private sector integration officer Ms. Rebecca Robinson was with the ambassador at the time. Land Secretary Md Muksodur Rahman Patwary was with the land minister at the time. The Land Minister apprised the Ambassador of Bangladesh's various plans for land management and its digitalization. The ambassador assured the land minister of any assistance for land development.

"Now, corruption has not been so easy due to our continuous monitoring. We have adopted the zero-tolerance policy against corruption. I can say with confidence that the ministry-level corruption in the land sector has just plummeted. We are now trying to reduce corruption at the field level." - said Land Minister.

Saifuzzaman Chowdhury also said the ambassador - "The Ministry of Land is a service-oriented ministry. Amount of corruption will be reduced and better services can be provided after the completion of the automation in the land sector."

The Ambassador praised the Bangladesh government's initiative to tackle climate change while saying, "Bangladesh is the 'ground zero' of global climate change." "'Rising Bangladesh' (phenomenon) is being discussed at conferences of the various universities in the USA, including Boston and Harvard." - said Earl Robert Miller

Referring Bangladeshi students studying in the United States as superstars, the ambassador said they are (their life) the epitome of the classic American success story. Appreciating the Bangladeshi workers working abroad, the ambassador said they are very hardworking and loyal.

The ambassador also expressed his solidarity with the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh's independence, said, "We are looking forward to supporting the 50 years independence celebration of Bangladesh" "Let us know anything we can help you with - we are there" - said US Ambassador at the end of the meeting.

The land minister thanked the ambassador for his proposal of cooperation. After the meeting with the US Ambassador was over, the land minister answered various questions of the reporters in a briefing session at his office regarding his actions and plans after taking the oath as minister.

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