3 more UP chairmen, 9 members suspended over relief scam

The Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Ministry has suspended three more Union Parishad (UP) chairmen and nine members for irregularities in distribution relief goods, reports BSS.

The ministry on Sunday issued separate notifications in this regard. The suspended UP Chairmen are: Makhdom Kabir Tanmay of Niyamtapur Union Parishad in Karimganj upazila under Kishoreganj district, Md Abdus Sattar of Arjunpur Baramahati UP in Lalpur Upazila under Natore district, and Mirza Ghulam Hafiz Sohag of Mazihotta UP in Shibganj upazila under Bogura district.

The suspended UP members are: Md Reza of 5 no ward of Arjunpu Baramahati union in Lalpur upazila under Natore district, Md Zakir Hossain of 6 no ward and Md Rokonuzzaman of 8 no ward of Kedarpur union in Babuganj upazila under Barishal district, Md Abdur Rob Patwary of 8 no ward in Hazirhat union in Monpura upazila under Bhola district, Sheikh Mosharef Hossain of 6 no ward and Rony Begum of 3 no ward (reserved) of Joynagar union of Kalia upazila under Narail district, Md Rafiqul Islam of 9 no ward of Khaskaulia union in Chowhali upazila under Sirajganj district and Al-Amin Chowdhury of 3 no ward and Mst Asia Khatun of 7,8 and 9 no (reserved) wards of in Bagbati union under sadar upazila of Sirajganj.

A total of eight UP chairmen, including one on April 12 and four on April 15, and 16 members, including two on April 12 and five on April 15, have been suspended so far in the country over similar allegations. The notifications mentioned that the UP chairmen and members have been suspended temporarily for various reasons including, embezzlement of rice allocated under the government’s food-friendly programme to combat the crisis triggered by COVID-19 and rice of VGD programme, assault on relief seekers, remaining absent in the respective areas during the crisis period ignoring the government’s order and in the monthly meeting of Upazila Parishad.

Besides, separate showcase notices were served on them asking to send their replies to the Local Government Division through respective deputy commissioners (DCs) within 10 working days from the date of receiving notices explaining why they should not be removed permanently from their posts.