Dipok Roy, Rangpur Correspondent: Taraganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer has been committing various irregularities since taking charge. Involved in various irregularities including commission trade in disaster tolerant houses, shelter project-2, Kabita, Kabikha, TR projects. Recently, a member of Ward No. 08 of Sayar Union Parishad of the upazila has lodged a written complaint with various departments including the deputy commissioner alleging harassment of a UP member by abusing his power.
It has been learned from the written complaint and on the spot that Md. Mominur Rahman, UP member of Ward No. 08 of Sayar Union of the upazila, alleged abuse of power, negligence of duty and harassment in the allegations brought against Upazila Nirbahi Officer Aminul Islam. He mentioned in the written complaint that he did not take any action even though he applied to the Upazila Nirbahi Officer for redressal of the charge of violating the local government law. On the contrary, the Upazila Nirbahi Officer, with the connivance of the UP Chairman, has swindled lakhs of rupees by working in the ward in name only. It is also learned from the information obtained by applying for the Right to Information Act of 2009 that the concerned UP chairman misappropriated Rs 1.5 lakh allocated by the ADP in the name of cultural center in Sayar Union. Although a written complaint was lodged with him on 09-09-2020, he did not take any remedy. According to the information received, vouchers for the purchase of fake bricks have been shown in the name of the center. Speaking on the spot, Yunus Ali, Taslim Uddin, Fazle Rabbi, Manju Hossain and several others said that there is no cultural center in Sayar UP and there are no teachers or students.
However, they expressed frustration to hear that the money allocated in the name of the center has been misappropriated. Besides, the Upazila Nirbahi Officer himself did the work of constructing disaster tolerant houses by excluding the ward committee in the union. Which is outside the rules of local government law.
According to the written complaint, even though he was asked to implement the Corona Incentive Distribution Circular Guideline Rule 2020 with the help of the concerned UP Ward Committee, he disobeyed the law with the help of UP Chairman and Project Implementation Officer. He appealed to her on 18-11-2020 but she did not take any action.
Complainant UP member Mominul Islam said, “I have been directly involved in the politics of Bangladesh Awami League since my student life.” At present, I have been faithfully performing the duties of the General Secretary of the Krishka League of Saar Union. He lodged several complaints with the Upazila Nibarahi Officer but he did not take any action. So I was forced to file a written complaint with the deputy commissioner. I hope the Deputy Commissioner will take necessary steps after proper investigation.
An attempt was made to contact Upazila Nirbahi Officer Aminul Islam on his mobile phone but he could not be reached for comment.