Sajib Wazed Joy, son of Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, called for e-governance initiatives in Bangladesh to ensure transparency and accountability of the government by putting all official information on-line, reports UNB.
"I believe e-governance will eventually help eliminate corruption, which has become the number one problem today and the government has failed to contain it."
Sajib Wazed Joy made the observation while he was addressing a seminar at the National Press Club in the city Thursday.
He said Awami League has a plan to incorporate e-governance in its election manifesto.
Joy, a US-educated computer engineer, presented the keynote paper at the seminar titled "The Potential and Challenges of Information Technology for the Future of Bangladesh."
Science and Technology Sub-committee of Awami League organised the seminar with the former vice chancellor of Rajshahi University Saidur Rahman Khan in the chair.
The seminar was addressed, among others, by BUET Professors Monaz Ahmed Noor and Abibur Rahman, and others IT professionals.
Joy proposed to set up a 'venture fund' to finance promising IT start-ups in Bangladesh and create a nationwide database and network for the police that would increase the efficiency of the law enforcement agencies and improve law and order situation, prevent incidents of police abuse and help them to fight against terrorism.
Turning to Submarine Fibre Optic Cable Project, he criticised the coalition regime for shifting the original planned site of landing station from Sitakunda in Chittagong to Cox's Bazar and said that was done as there was no network link between Chittagong and Cox's Bazar and so government cronies could make quick money building this network link. "And huge kickbacks were paid to Hawa Bhaban," he added.