>4-day DC confce kicks off today

>RISING prices, increasing salary of government employees and re-introducing ration for them, and poor implementation of annual development programme (ADP) are likely to figure prominently at the annual conference of deputy commissioners beginning in Dhaka today.
The field-level administrators for districts are weighing the conference high, hoping that the government would suggest some effective ways to hold back the soaring prices of essentials.
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed will inaugurate the four-day conference at his office in Tejgaon at 10:00am today.
Cabinet Secretary Ali Imam Majumder will deliver the welcome speech at the inaugural session to be attended by all divisional commissioners and officials of the Cabinet Division besides the DCs from all districts.
The conference will have 19 working sessions separated sector-wise.
The first session on issues of the finance and planning ministry will be held at the chief adviser’s office while the others will be held at the Cabinet Division in the Secretariat.
“Since spiralling prices of essentials is the burning issue before the whole nation now, the government may give the DCs directives regarding checking the price hike at field level. The DCs may be briefed on what the government is doing centrally and how their contribution can make it a success,” a top official told The Daily Star yesterday.
The conference may put special emphasis on raising crop production, said the official, adding, “It is time to utilise internal resources fully and more efficiently and depend less on import.” (Full report here)

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