TIB seeks removal of two ministers
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has sought removal of two ministers saying that they cannot perform important administrative duties and business side by side.
Currently, Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan and state minister for Local Government and Rural Development Mashiur Rahman Ranga are running their businesses in the transport sector.
Without mentioning their names, the anti-graft body said their appointment conflicts business interests in the corrupted transport sector.
TIB Executive Director Iftekharuzzaaman made the observation while speaking on the sideline of a press conference on transparency in foreign-funded NGOs in the country today.
He said: "None should discharge the business and administrative duties at a time. But, some ministers have their own transport business and at the same time they are discharging responsibilities in government; this is why offenses recur in the transport sector."
“We want removal of the two ministers from their public office. We want transparency and accountability in the transport sector,” he added.
He also alleged that the transportation sector has become a matter of interest to a triangle syndicate – businessmen, politicians, and administration. "So, those who are responsible for the irregularities on the roads are getting protection from an influential quarter."
The TIB executive director said the government should understand that those who have a business interest cannot play their role rightly for the people.
Iftekharuzzaaman also extended his organization's full support to the students’ movement, demanding discipline in the transport sector.
He said: "The government should ensure road safety by bringing discipline in the transport sector and that cannot be done without political will."