A fit-list deputy commissioners (DCs), prepared in September to assign new DCs across the country in future, has been disclosed in breach of Public Administration Ministry rules, creating controversy and resentment among the aspirant district administration bosses.
Allegations are there that a section of the Ministry high officials has leaked the lists, which is most confidential for the Ministry, by taking illegal benefits from the aspirants appearing in the selection tests. Some of the officials dropped from the list despite being appeared in such tests expressed their resentment and claimed that some names came in the list without attending all the sessions.
However, Additional Secretary (APD wing) Muhibul Haque admitted the disclosure: "Yes, the list of 35 deputy secretaries who were enlisted for posting as DCs has been placed in the website. These selected DCs will replace the existing ones. There is no problem to disclose it. It's not confidential at all."
Meantime, immediately after the conversation with this correspondent, the Public Administration Ministry removed the list from their website.
The list was prepared comprising the deputy secretary level officials of 13, 15 and 17 batch BCS (Bangladesh Civil Service) officers.
Though 127 deputy secretaries were invited to attend the DC fit list test held on September 18-19 in the Ministry, 118 participated and 9 remained absent for various reasons. Of them, 54 deputy secretaries were taken from 13-batch, 36 from 15-batch and 37 from 17-batch admin cadre officers.
The Ministry has initially prepared a list of 44 deputy secretaries for posting as DC from the aspirants that attended the tests.
Of the enlisted deputy secretaries, around 13 names have not got clearance from the National Security Intelligence (NSI) investigation, it is alleged.
The deprived officials alleged that some high officials of the Ministry concerned to the appointment, posting and deputation process are involved with the leakage without having permission of the top authority. They leaked the list taking illegal benefits from the aspirants.
They deprived officials demanded immediate cancellation of the leaked DC fit-list and preparation of a fresh fit-list with retest.
The officers who got enrolled in the fit-list are Procurement Officer of the Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project Mahmudul Hossain Khan, Deputy Manager of the PPP Office Bashirul Islam, First Secretary to the NBR Abul Kashem Md. Mahiuddin, Directorate of Land Record and Survey's Deputy Director Amal Krishna Mandol, CEO of Habiganj Zila Parishad Dilip Kumar, Department of Environment's Director Mallick Anwar Hossain, Prime Minister's Office's Directors Azimuddin Bishwas and Mokhlesur Rahman Sarker, Dhaka Governance Innovation Unit's Director Kamrunnahar Siddiqua, Deputy Director of Local Government of Cox's Bazar Abul Fayez Md. Alauddin Khan, State Minister's Personal Secretary Subhas Chandra Bishwas, DSCC's Regional Executive Officer Shahina Khatun, PM's Adviser's PS Abdul Awal and Additional Director of Directorate of Women Affairs Shahnewaj Dilruba Khan.
Among the DSs of different Ministries and Divisions, Public Administration Ministry's Amin Ul Ahsan, Land Ministry's Jahidul Islam and Rashedul Islam, Cultural Affairs Ministry's Mushfiqur Rahman, Home Ministry's Khairul Alam Sheikh and Umme Salma Tanzia, Local Government Division's Khalilur Rahman and Parimal Sinha, Power Division's Mohd. Selim Uddin, Finance Division's Jahir Raihan, Zinat Ara and Manjurul Mannan, Energy and Mineral Resources Division's Rekha Rani Balo, Agriculture Ministry's Amena Begum, Econmic Relations Division's Rabbi Miah and Tofayel Islam, Food Ministry's Ahammed Faisal Imam, Housing and Public Works Division's Saila Farzana, Health Ministry's Rezwanur Rahman, President's Office's Tapan Kumar Bishwas and DS Mahmudul Hassan, who is now in lien, also were enlisted for DC posting.