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Friday, June 10, 2016, Jaistha 27, 1423 BS, Ramadan 4, 1437 Hijri

AL may amend party constitution
Anaet Shawon    
Published :Friday, 10 June, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 142
The Awami League Constitution Affairs Sub-Committee has decided to propose not to appoint huge number of assistant secretaries rather it suggested to increase standard of these post holders.
The Sub-Committee took the decision at a meeting on Thursday due to a huge number of assistant secretaries appointed by the party but no specific work or responsibilities have been apportioned for them.
The meeting was held as part of preparations for holding the 20th triennial national council of the Awami League on July 10-11.
Besides, the meeting has discussed to amend party charter, including expansion of the size of the AL Central Working Committee (ALCWC), hinted that there might be at least three more posts of organising secretaries and posts of joint general secretaries might also be increased while a new post for information technology secretary could be created.
At present there are seven organising secretaries of AL, who have been entrusted with the responsibilities to oversee party activities in seven divisional headquarters. One post of organising secretary has to be created for newly commissioned Mymensingh division while the government is going to announce soon Comilla and Faridpur as divisions and in that case two other posts of organizing secretaries have to be created, the meeting sources said.
The committee is preparing number of suggestions for specific job responsibilities for such assistant secretaries. The committee also suggested appointing assistant secretaries in accordance to the constitution.
The committee suggested that among the appointed assistant secretaries a good number of them have been found allegedly involved in tender manipulators, criminal activities.
"Even many party high ups criticized the appointment of the assistant secretaries, even party Presidium Member Obaidul Quader, who led the selection process, made negative remarks on the issue," a member of the committee told the Daily Observer, on condition of anonymity.
The Sub-Committee also discussed to bring a change in the Awami League Parliamentary Board, as the local government election was held on party basis.
The committee also discussed to create new secretariat post of Information and Communication Technology. Even few changes would be made in the party preamble as well.
The committee also issued letter to grassroots level asking suggestions about the amendment of party charter within June 10 (Friday).
In this regard, Convener of the Constitution Affairs Sub-Committee, Dr Abdur Razzak said we have received many suggestions from the grassroots while a few leaders informed us about amendment over phone.
Razzak also hinted that the party charter would be amended to make it a time-befitting one.
AL Advisory Committee Member Suranjit Sengupta said, "We have to prepare the constitution to keep up with the changing world."
AL Organizing Secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim said, "We are not the sole authority to amend party charter but we can suggest. It has to get the approval of the National Council."

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