THIS is gravely worrying that a fifth of the population is left marginalised, with little access to public services, including education, health, land, social security and local government. These people, as a recent Transparency International Bangladesh study says, are marginalised based on race, religious identity, caste, ethnicity, occupation, geographical location, gender and trait-based identities and, thus, remain out of the development process. About 30 million people still remain marginalised with limited access to even basic needs such as health and education. The study carried out in October 2020–September 2021 also says that the marginalised are not only deprived of public services but also often denied legal support. The study points out that when there is a land commission for national minorities living in the Chattogram Hill Tracts, there is no land commission to resolve land problems of a large number of national minority people living in the plains, and that the Dalits and transgender people face problems in accessing public services because of their identity.