Five years of Mayor Khokon
Advocate Rafiqul Islam Khokon, Mayor of Sonagazi Municipality and General Secretary of Upazila Awami League said, “I have become cent percent successful to fulfill my responsibilities even after taking a big burden of debt on my head. Due to my fanatic efforts, the municipality has moved forward compared to the previous period.
He made the remarks, while giving an exclusive interview to The Daily Industry. The interview was taken by Nantu Lal Das
Nantu: What were your achievements in the last five years?
Khokon: I have been worked hard in the last five years in a bid to make the municipality upgraded to first class. With the guidance and cooperation of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Feni-2 Constituency MP Nizam Uddin Hazari, I have also given my efforts to improve the infrastructures in my jurisdiction.
Nantu: Is there any achievement in power sector?
Khokon: Yes, we have brought the municipality under cent percent electrification.
Nantu: Would you like to say something about development of roads and highways in the area?
Khokon: Most of the Roads and Highways in the municipality area have been constructed and renovated to facilitate the movement of the commuters in the densely populated town. The main roads of the municipality have also been paved with stones. We have also constructed eye catching gate on the entrance of Sonagazi Municipality as a sign of modernity.
Nantu: How many infrastructures have been established?
Khokon: We have constructed a multistoried building and auditorium in Sonagazi municipality. Besides, construction work of pure water supply line is going on. We have constructed adequate drains to remove water-logging.
Nantu: What types of project are running here?
Khokon: We have introduced cent percent widow, old age and disability allowance in the municipality.
In exception, I have taken drastic step to stop bribery and corruption at the tables of different offices in Sonagazi Municipality.
I have established the practice of peace, harmony and coexistence in the Sonagazi Municipality.
In Sonagazi Municipality, we have ensured the presence of the officers and employees on every working day. We have introduced quick response system to ensure citizen service, the mayor added.
The mayor further said, I have stopped harassment in issuing birth registration, death and inheritance certificates in the municipality, while we have ensured 100 percent maternity allowance for pregnant mothers.
We have cooperated as much as we can with the citizens taking risk of our lives during the coronavirus epidemic.
We have paid the salaries and allowances of all the officers and employees including the Municipal Councilors on time.
I have kept the municipal area clean and tidy with all the facilities of the cleaning staffs.
Besides, mosquito repellent is being sprayed every day to eliminate mosquitoes in the area.
I believe, I have succeeded 100 percent by implementing the promise given to the citizens to ensure the civic service.
If I elect for next time, I shall be able to complete cent percent of the unfinished works, he claimed.
Khokon was the first mayor of Awami League in this municipality established in 2002.
He won the first place in the party’s grassroots vote. The district Awami League has sent the names of three people including Khokon to the Central Nomination Board.