Four technocrat ministers to be dropped today
Published : Sunday, 9 December, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 513
Four technocrat ministers, who had submitted their resignation letters to the Cabinet Division on November 5 as per instructions from the Prime Minister, are likely to be dropped today (Sunday).
The Cabinet Division has already forwarded the resignation letters of the four ministers-Religious Affairs Minister Motiur Rahman, Science and Technology Minister Yeafesh Osman, Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam and Post, Telecommunications and ICT Minister Mostafa Jabbar-to the Prime
Minister's Office (PMO).
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has said there will be no technocrat minister in the poll- time cabinet from December 9.
"The resignation letters of the technocrat ministers have been forwarded to the Prime Minister's Office.
It's only the Prime Minister, who has the authority to extend or reduce the size of the cabinet," he said while talking to journalists in Chunnura Dighi Madrasa area at Kabirhat of Noakhali on Saturday.
As soon as the Cabinet Division gets nod of the PMO, it will issue a gazette notification accepting their resignation letters, sources in the PMO said. The four ministers were appointed from the technocrat quota.
As per the constitution, a government has the authority to appoint 10 percent of its ministers from unelected representatives.
In the present 53-member cabinet, including the PM, there are 33 ministers, 17 state ministers and two deputy ministers. Of them, only four are technocrat ministers.
If their resignation letters are accepted, the number of the cabinet members will stand at 49.