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Ministers should have code of conduct: Suranjit
Staff Correspondent
Publish Date : 2014-10-05,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 4
Suranjit Sengupta, Awami League Advisory Council member, on Saturday urged the government to frame a Code of Conduct for ministers to save it from embarrassment.
Saying that India and US have such instruments, he stressed on examining his suggestion at a discussion in the city.
Very recently, Telecom Minister Abdul Latif Siddique's remark terming observing Hajj useless practice put the government in an uneasy state. Following the harsh reactions from the common people against the statement, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday announced the decision of the removal of the minister from her Cabinet.
"Many ministers suddenly voice statements that force the government and the Prime Minister to fall in deep trouble. A Code of Conduct for ministers could relieve the government of such a situation. The government  should examine the proposal," the former minister said.
If judges could have a Code of Conduct, ministers must have one, Suranjit Sengupta emphasised at the discussion arranged by the Dhaka Reporters Unity.
The ministers cannot be irresponsible in making statements as they represent the state, he said, adding that such irresponsible utterances are not just a political or a social problem rather become a national problem. A Code of Conduct for ministers will only 'strengthen the democratic process', he stressed.
Suranjit said some may argue that ministers are bound by their oath of office as per Constitution which provides sufficient basis for appropriate conduct. "But I believe we still need an explicit Code of Conduct for ministers," he said.

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