Numerous commissions and committees were constituted since the independence of the country in response to governmental and administrative fallings. Commissions were formed to investigate the causes of launch mishaps, lack of road safety, traumatic events in educational institutions, etc.
But what happens after these commissions and committees complete their work ? Nothing, it seems. It is difficult to recall when anything substantive ever was being done in the light of the findings or suggestions of such an investigative exercises.
The commissions and committees duly complete their tasks of establishing responsibility or the lack of it and recommend a course of actions. But the matters seem to end there. Dust collects on these reports and even their contents remain not amply disclosed for public information.
Thus, one is led to asking the worth of setting up these committees and commissions. The formation of these special teams often involve notable expenditures for the government. Manpower, offices and staff are required for the work of these investigative bodies.
However, these expenditures in time and money are seen as entirely wasteful when the reports of these bodies are not utilised for taking reformative, corrective or penal actions. Indeed, the committees and commissions are classic examples in Bangladesh today of the fruitless drain of precious public resources in one of the world's poorest countries.
It appears that the main motive behind the establishment of these bodies is to take pressure away from the government of the day . Government can delink itself from direct responsibility for a certain happening by forming a special body to investigate into it and dissipate the pressure for immediate redress actions arguing that the same can be taken after a commission or committee submits its recommendations.
But how can such measures be taken when even the findings of the commissions and committees are not considered or well disclosed ?
All concerned sections in the country should make their voices louder to demand that the reports of the commissions and committees must be made public and the worthwhile recommendations made in them must be implemented.