Vol. 4 Num 192 Tue. December 09, 2003  
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Graft plagues housing ministry, JS body observes

Corruption thrives in the Housing and Public Works Ministry where government service rules concerning transfer of officials are not followed, observed a parliamentary body yesterday.

The parliamentary standing committee on the ministry recommended strict enforcement of the service rules and transfer of officials staying in the same position for more than three years to check corruption.

"Though the service rules do not permit officials to stay at any place for more than three years, most engineers in the Public Works Department (PWD) under the ministry are at the same place for more than 10 years," Shajahan Chowdhury, chairman of the committee, told newspersons after it met at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban yesterday.

Abdul Motalib Akand, a committee member and ruling BNP lawmaker, said "As the officials stay at the same office for years, they strike roots and spread corruption. So, if we want to uproot corruption, the service rules must be observed."

"Some officials are staying at the same office for more than 20 years. If they are transferred, they come back after a few months 'managing' their senior officials,'' BNP member of the committee Joynal Abedin told this correspondent.

Committee member Sultan Mahmud Babu of the BNP also expressed similar views.

Officials of the housing ministry told the meeting there are more than 800 engineers in the PWD across the country.