Corrupts irrespective of their positions won’t be spared: President

DHAKA President M Abdul Hamid today appreciated the

ongoing drive against the irregularities and corruption, issuing a note of

warning that corrupt people would not be spared.

The government has meantime started drives to remove irregularities and

corruption from the society . . . Whatever be your position whether big

leader, officer, engineer, businessman or contactor, none will be spared in

case of indulging in any irregularity or corruption, he said.

The head of the state was addressing the inaugural function of a three-day

fair marking the World Habitat Day at Bangabandhu International Conference

Center at Sher-e Bangla Nagar in the capital this evening.

President Abdul Hamid hoped that this drive would play a very rewarding

role to country's socio-economic development and ensure quality of

infrastructural advancement.

Expressing his resentment over some corrupt practices in different

government development projects by a section of corrupt individuals, he said

cheating in the name of business cannot be accepted.

If it is possible to ensure proper monitoring at all stages, we will be

able to remain away from hearing any story of unethically using bamboo

instead of cement in the construction works, he mentioned.

The President also asked the contactors and others concerned not to resort

to dillydally practices in completing any construction work with an ulterior

motive of increasing the cost of the project in the long run.

There should not be even a meager scope to compromise with the quality of

works in implementing any public project, he said, adding that Do the

business honestly, the government will remain beside you, and you will get

all kinds of cooperation.

To keep the projects free from the corrupt practices and indentify the

persons responsible for it specifically, Abdul Hamid suggested authorities

concerned to specify the duties and responsibilities of officials, engineers

and all concerned in the projects.

Noting that Bangladesh is proceeding towards tremendous development, the

President mentioned that Bangladesh in the meantime attained ability enough

to construct a 20-storey building within only 13 months duration.

But this achievement cannot be tainted due to a section of corrupt

individuals . . . This kind of activity creates confusion among the common

people and tarnishes the image of the democratic government, Abdul Hamid

observed.

Turning to the existing waste management in Bangladesh, the President

stressed on the implementation of a coordinated waste management, adopting a

time-befitting plan.

He said the government is giving importance to the modern waste management

system alongside particular emphasis on environment protection for all kinds

of activities, including urbanization and setting up of industries and

factories.

The President also put emphasis on preventing the environment pollution by

transforming wastes into wealth by using frontier technologies as an

innovative idea.

Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim,

chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Housing and Public

Works Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, MP, parliament members, secretary of the

Housing and Public Works Ministry M Shaheed Ullah Khandaker, UN Resident

Representative to Bangladesh Mia Seppo, secretaries concerned to Bangabhaban,

among others, were present on the occasion.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)