Human Resource Development in Parliament Secretariat: An Overlooked Agenda

  • A. T. M. Obaidullah


A secretariat can be no more effective than the personnel who administer it. An effective parliament is too much to expect without strong parliamentary secretarial support. Various diagnostic studies reveal that in post-political transition societies there is an unpreparedness of the secretariat to shoulder the massive responsibilities of parliamentary governance. It was recognized in Bangladesh that if members and committee chairs were to make quality legislation and retain effective oversight of the executive, the Bangladesh Secretariat’s organizational and human capacity would have to be increased and improved. Thus, since the turn of the century, the Secretariat has been significantly reorganized in legal and organizational aspects. Measures include the enactment of the PSA 1994, the Bangladesh Institute of Parliamentary Studies (BIPS) Act 2001, and the Recruitment and Promotion Rules 2001. All three measures were geared toward making the Secretariat better resourced and independent of the executive. The Recruitment and Promotion Rules 2001 opened up the opportunity for career progression among the Secretariat’s staff with the view that they could assume the main responsibility of administering the Secretariat and gradually remove the officials on deputation from line ministries. The BIPS Act 2001 was intended to provide year-round training to Secretariat staff to ensure the regular supply of competent personnel and extend research services to MPs to improve to a global standard their capacity to discharge their mandated role effectively. This chapter traces the extent to which the measures recommended by the reformers have been implemented and aims to determine their present standing in supporting the current demands of Parliament following long and drawn-out human resource development programs.


HRM HRD HRM policy BIPS Act 2001 Training and research Employee motivation and morale 


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  • A. T. M. Obaidullah
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  1. 1.Public AdministrationUniversity of RajshahiDhakaBangladesh

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