Stealing of govt rice: UP chairman removed, step against UNO urged
Published : Friday, 31 July, 2020 at 11:31 PM Count : 283
Zahedul Islam Chowdhury, chairman of Toitong union parishad under Pekua upazila in Cox's Bazar district, has been expelled permanently after the allegation of misappropriating 15 tonnes of relief rice against him was found true in investigation.
The rice was allocated by the Ministry of Relief and Rehabilitation for distributing among the coronavirus affected poor and destitute.
Besides, the Ministry of Local Government has written a letter to the Ministry of Public Administration to take action against Saika Sahadat, UNO of Pekua upazila in Cox's Bazar district after she was found involved in illegal transactions in connection with the same incident.
In a notice, signed by Mohammad Iftekhar Ahmed, deputy secretary of the Local Government Division under the Ministry of Local Government on Thursday, ordered removal of UP chairman Zahedul Islam Chowdhury.
Earlier in the first week of May, Chowdhury was suspended from the post of Toitong union Awami League general secretary.
It was mentioned in the notice that the Local Government Division suspended Zahedul Islam Chowdhury at the recommendation of the Cox's Bazar deputy commission (DC) on April 29. At the same time, he was asked to explain why he would not be removed from his post according to Section 34 (4) (Gha) Local Government (Union Parishad) Act 2009.
The notice said Zahedul Islam Chowdhury was removed permanently from his post as he could not give any satisfactory explanation. At the same time, Pekua upazila's Toitong union parishad chairman post was declared vacant.