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Withdrawal of high-ups: Panic grips Pabna admin officials

Edit Date:10/1/2010 12:00:00 AM



Govt didn’t bow down in Pabna: Establishment Secretary

Panic and a sense frustration prevails among the district officials who had unequivocally decided at meeting on September 20 to resist undue political interference in carrying out their responsibilities. 

Police Super Jamil withdrawn from the district because of conflict with the ruling party leaders left for Dhaka with his family at 12 noon today to join the Police Headquarters. 

Deputy Commissioner Dr Manzoor Kadir, also withdrawn, was ready to leave but the authority asked him to stay in Pabna until holding the test for recruitment of Statistics Assistants on October 1. He did not come to office today until 5pm. 

Panic is running high among senior officials who in the September 20 meeting in DC’s office were highly critical of a section of ruling party leaders and activists. They told the meeting of facing odds and interference in carrying out their responsibilities. 

With police super left and DC, Additional SP and UNO of sadar upazil are on the verge of leaving, others were feeling abandoned and left at the mercy of politicians. Some of them told UNB requesting anonymity that their families were upset with a sense of insecurity and pressing hard for seeking transfer from the district. 

The officials viewed that they would suffer from fear of persecution for their stand against political inference. There will be no working atmosphere for them in the absence of security. “It would be better if all of us are transferred to other places,” said an engineer without disclosing identity. 

“A tsunami has devastated the district administration,” commented another senior official. 

The standoff between the district administration and the ruling party leaders was triggered by vandalizing government office and foiling test for recruitment of class III employees on Sept 17 for which two cases were filed against 32 ruling party cadres. But their leaders accused the DC of corruption and leaking out question paper of the test. 

Twenty-seven BCL and Jubo League activists accused in the case surrendered before the court on Tuesday. Rejecting the bail petitions the court ordered all of them to prison. 

Govt didn’t bow down in Pabna: Establishment Secretary

Establishment Secretary Iqbal Mahmud on Wednesday said the Deputy Commissioner, Police Super and UNO of Pabna have been transferred as part of the government's normal activities. 

“I deny that the government has bowed down (in Pabna)… we do everything for the welfare of the common people,” he said replying to a reporter’s query, after attending the national dialogue on 'Strategic Priorities of Digital Bangladesh: Pro-Citizen Civil Service' held at the NEC conference room. 

The Establishment Secretary said that a situation was created in Pabna but the government has to conduct its normal activities there. “The government sent those officers there (Pabna) who could perform better.” 

Asked about punishment of the Jubo League and Chhatra League activists who were allegedly behind the trouble in Pabna, he declined to make any comment on the issue. 

The government on Tuesday withdrew the Deputy Commissioner, Superintendent of Police and the Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Pabna following the recent row between the local administration and the supporters of ruling Awami League. 

The Ministries of Establishment and Home separately made the decision, apparently upon directives from the government high-ups who were irked by the role of DC Dr AFM Manjur Kadir, SP Jamil Ahmed and UNO Abdul Halim. 

DC Manjur Kadir has been made an OSD under the Establishment Ministry while SP Jamil attached to the police headquarters. 

Earlier, presiding over the dialogue, the Establishment Secretary said that ICT can play a very important role to get rid of corruption and nepotism. 

He said the government has a political will to serve people. “People should not go to the government to receive services rather the government should go to the citizens.” 

The dialogue was jointly organised by the General Economics Division (GED) of the Planning Commission and Access to Information (A2I) Programme of the PMO and supported by UNDP. A2I Programme Policy Adviser Anir Chowdhury made a presentation on the topic.

--UNB, Pabna, Dhaka

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