A rivalry has been triggered between upazila chairman and union parishad chairmen over signing of bills of two projects at Nabiganj upazila of Habiganj.
Alleging irregularities, chairman of Nabiganj Upazila Parishad Fazlul Haque Chowdhury Selim instructed the authorities concerned of the project not to release the bill. For this reason, the UP chairmen of the upazila boycotted month coordination meeting on June 26. The UP chairmen said that they will not participate in any meeting if the problem is not solved.
Although June 30 was the last day of the past fiscal year, the upazila chairman did not release the bills of two projects. Union parishad chairmen claimed that the upazila chairman misbehaved with them. So they boycotted the meeting.
On the other hand, Fazlul haque Chowdhury Selim said, “If they can prove any corruption against me, I will resign instantly. No corruption will be allowed. I want to change the society resisting any kind of corruption.”
It was known that, the bill was cancelled accusing corruption on the project of a sluice gate over a canal of Bubirbak-Chowsatpur road at Kurshi union. And another bill that was cancelled was in favor of a road construction project.
The upazila chairman cancelled the bill of the project as he found the fake papers to withdraw ADP fund.
When contacted, Najrul Islam, chairman of Kaliadanga Union Parishad, said that he submitted the bill after completing the project and he can’t tell anymore about this matter.
Farsu Mia, chairman of Kurshi Union Parishad, denied to deliver any comment in this regard.
Ezazur Rahman, President of Union Parishad Chairman Association, said that they boycotted the meeting due to misbehave of the upazila chairman. There is no scope to withdraw any bill by submitting fake papers. After resolving the problem we will attend the meeting, he added.
Upazila chairman Selim alleged that after visiting the project, the corruption in this project was found and later it was proved. “So, I cancelled the bill of those projects,” he said.
Anwarul Haque, upazila engineer, said that the upazila chairman instructed them to visit the place. “We have found some irregularities in the projects. Necessary step will be taken following direction from the higher level,” he added.