Bandladesh took its first step back to civilian rule on November 7, when its new system of rural administration was launched by the country's military leader,Lieutenant-General hassain Mohammad Ershad.
GV Lieutenant-General Hassain Mohammad Ershad walks with Sandwip Navy commander; large crowd assembled to cheer him. (2 shots)
SV ZOOM INTO CU Ershad takes salute.
GV & SV Ershad inspects guard of honour. (2 shots)
GV Police district council office.
SV ZOOM INTO CU Ershad unveils plaque.
SV PAN Ershad and assembled dignitaries say prayer CU plaque. (2 shots)
SVs "Food for Work" programme ; people working; sacks of grain. (3 shots)
SV & CU Ershad chats to villagers. (3 shots)
SV Ershad handles grain in sack.
GV Ershad and other dignitaries walk past row of children. (4 shots)
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Background: Bandladesh took its first step back to civilian rule on November 7, when its new system of rural administration was launched by the country's military leader,Lieutenant-General hassain Mohammad Ershad. Under the scheme, the country's 470 police districts are to become self-governing units responsible for agriculture, education and medical care. Some 45 districts were inaugurated on November 7, among them Sandwip in Tangil province, where Lieutenant-General Ershad visited the police district council office and unveiled a plaque. The Bangladesh leader then joined other dignitaries in a prayer before meeting villagers and launching the new "food for work" programme. Lieutenant-General Ershad described the rural administration changes as the first phase of his planned return to civilians rule and said local council elections would be held next August as a further step. He has said the reforms which will cost one of the world's poorest countries a billion US dollars, will "take justice to the doorstep of the people".