File photo of Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader Courtesy

The minister says the government remains alert so that the Digital Security Act cannot be misused

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has said that a vested quarter is trying to fish in troubled water centring the death of writer Mushtaq Ahmed in prison. 

He was addressing the inaugural function of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA)’s service week virtually from his official residence in Dhaka on Sunday.

Terming writer Mushtaq’s death in jail as very sorrowful, he said a probe body has already been formed and the investigation is underway to unearth the reasons behind his death.

“But a vested quarter is making their evil attempts to fish in troubled water centring the incident,” said Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister.

He said, on one hand, digital safety is needed for a Digital Bangladesh, on the other hand, the government remains alert so that the Digital Security Act cannot be misused.

Noting that the government believes in freedom of expression, Quader said freedom of speech does not mean that a person can get the absolute right to say anything he or she wishes.

“The government remains alert about the use of the act so that no individual or agency can misuse it,” he said.

Regarding driving licenses, the minister said the work started in full swing from Sunday and it will begin at divisional levels within several days.

The license issuing institution will have to work by maintaining the maximum level of professionalism, he said.

Quader said the government has created the scopes to receive vehicles’ fitness certificates from any circle offices in the country to ease the services for recipients.

Mentioning that the people still have to face hassle to get services from BRTA, the minister asked the concerned officials to develop BRTA as a proper service-oriented institution.

He said the people’s suffering in getting services from BRTA is lessening due to the use of technology.

If the circumference of digital services can be enhanced, corruption and irregularities will reduce, he said.

He asked the concerned officials to take steps in stopping reckless driving on roads and highways.

Turing to party activities, the Awami League general secretary urged the leaders and activists of the party and its associate bodies to observe the historic March 7 across the country in a befitting manner by paying homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, holding discussions and playing the record of Bangabandhu’s March 7 speech.



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