Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has asked the deputy commissioners (DCs) to be more sensitive in their treatment of elected government representatives and MPs.

He made the remarks during a media call on the last day of the three-day DC conference at Osmani Memorial Auditorium on Thursday.

“We have been informed that our colleagues, elected representatives, even MPs have said that local administrations or other government offices often do not show such respect to them,” he said.

He added that as public representatives, they made promises since they were elected and it is very unfortunate that there is lack of coordination between the administration and the elected representatives.

The minister also urged the district officials to be more sensitive towards the various problems of the expatriates at the grassroot level.

There are over one crore expatriates living abroad, he said, adding that they complained about not receiving documents such as passports, police clearance, marriage certificate and birth certificate on time, he said.

He said that expatriates often complain about harassment and their lands being grabbed. “Many times accurate information is not available to bring back their dead bodies.”

The foreign minister urged the DCs to not make everything Dhaka-centric and not to delegate tasks they can do over to the capital.

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