Bangladesh wins UN award for land ministry’s e-mutation program

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DHAKA, June 22, 2020 (BSS) – Bangladesh has won the prestigious United Nations Public Service Award 2020 (UNPSA 2020) in the category of “Developing Transparent and Accountable Public” for the e-mutation program of the land ministry.

“Bangladesh, for the first time, has received the prestigious United Nations Public Service Award 2020 (UNPSA 2020) in the category of ‘Developing Transparent and Accountable Public’ . . . . As the recognition of the deed, the e-mutation program has attracted the attention of the international community and received global appreciation,” said a press release of the land ministry issued here this evening.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs officially informed the Ministry of Land about the UN award-winning, on June 5, 2020, citing a letter from UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Liu Zhenmin to Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations Ambassador Rabab Fatima.

Then, on June 16, 2020, the United Nations officially announced the names of seven institutions or initiatives from the seven winning countries. The United Nations presents the United Nations Public Service Award in seven categories each year.

It is a matter of great pride for our country. So, there will be an enlivened feeling in everyone of the country on that day this year. The Ministry of Land has undertaken the task of transforming all land services into digital services to execute the vision 2021 and 2041 of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the release mentioned.

This complex task has been possible at the far-flung corners of the country due to the expansion of optical fiber up to the Upazila or Union level and the availability of high-speed internet under the leadership of the ICT Adviser to the Prime Minister Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed, it said.

The e-mutation has been implemented all over the country except three hill districts under the leadership of Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury, MP, and the supervision of Land Secretary Md Muksodur Rahman Patwary from July 2019, the release reads, adding that the a2i project of the ICT Division is providing technical assistance in this work and it is being implemented through the Assistant Commissioner (Land) under the management of the Land Reform Board.

The UNPSA is the highest global accolade for excellence in public service to institutions that contribute to a more effective and responsive public administration and that advance progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).