The land ministry has taken steps to install security cameras or close-circuit television cameras at its all land offices to curb corruption and to ensure security of the offices.
‘Some of the land offices have already installed CCTV system but the government now wants to bring under the system all of its land offices,’ a senior land ministry official said.
He said the CCTV cameras were launched at some vulnerable land offices when miscreants started setting land offices on fire during controversial blockade programme sponsored by Bangladesh Nationalist Party in 2015.
The state minister for land, Saifuzzaman Chowdhury, in a memorandum on February 13, directed the senior secretary to the ministry to undertake a project for installing security cameras at all the union, upazila, municipality and other land revenue circle
In the memo he said he came up with the idea of installing CCTV system at the land offices after visiting different land offices and talking to their clients.
The state minister said the CCTV cameras should be installed in a way so that the minister, state minister and other high officials could monitor the service deliveries of the land offices, while sitting in the ministry.
The deputy commissioners of different districts in their annual conference in Dhaka held in July last year also demanded installation of CCTV cameras at the land offices to ensure security and
According to land ministry officials, there is no security guard in 7,000 land offices, where the documents of lands and houses have been preserved.
In absence of the security guards, they said, miscreants were able to torch at least 20 land offices during enforcement of BNP-led blockade programme.
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