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Carew MD not leaving now

  • Published at 09:56 pm March 31st, 2020
Jahid Ali Ansary
Jahid Ali Ansary with Hand sanitizer produced by state-owned distillery Carew and Company in his hand Collected

On 24 March the Bangladesh Sugar and Food Industry Corporation (BSFIC) issued an office order transferring Jahid Ansary from Carew and Company, one day after the company had produced hand sanitizers

Despite being served with a transfer order, Carew and Company’s Managing Director Jahid Ali Ansary will continue to work  in the company.

On 24 March the Bangladesh Sugar and Food Industry Corporation (BSFIC) issued an office order transferring Jahid Ansary from Carew and Company, one day after the company had produced hand sanitizers.

The office order signed by BSFIC’s chief of personnel Md. Rafiqul Islam stated that Jahid Ali Ansary had been transferred from Carew and Company to the Bangladesh sugarcane development and research wing of the government.

Raising questions about the mysterious reason behind transferring Ansary, some newspapers and a group of social media activists started  criticizing the decision on social media platforms.

Kajal Abdullah, an entrepreneur and an activist, shared his thoughts on his facebook page and on some other pages on Monday regarding the transfer of Ansary .

“If a patriotic government officer like Jahid Ansary has to face this type of situation then why will government officers work honestly in  the future ?” questioned Kajal.

His post went viral on social media, and a lot of people criticized the decision to transferAnsary.

Against the backdrop of such criticism on social media, the authorities of Carew and Company changed the decision on Tuesday.

When asked about the decision, Bangladesh Sugar and Food Industry Corporation (BSFIC) Chairman Sanat Kumar Saha said that the new MD would join Carew after the government holidays.

When asked about the matter, Jahid Ansary, the MD of Carew, said: “I have got a verbal order to continue my duties in Carew and Company. My tenure will expire on 18 April and I want to serve Carew till my last working day.”

Earlier on 23 March, Jahid Ansary took the initiative of producing hand sanitizers in Carew and Company, and on the very next day was handed his transfer order.

Sources within Carew and Company said: “To combat Covid-19, Jahid Ansary personally took the initiative to produce hand sanitizers in Carew and Company. He took this initiative because Carew has plenty of alcohol, which is the major raw material for the production of hand sanitizers. Once the decision was made, Carew started producing and distributing hand sanitizers countrywide at a very cheap rate.”

An officer of Carew and Company said: “As you know that all government officials are not the same. Some of our officers didn’t take it positively at all. They did not like the attention Ansary was getting from the nation, and probably that prompted the transfer order.”

“Apart from this, many private companies that make hand sanitizers did not take it in good spirit either, as the hand sanitizers made in Carew and Company were sold at a cheaper price. This infuriated the companies who were thinking about the dent it might cause to their profits.”

Responding to questions from Dhaka Tribune, Jahid Ansary said: “It is a matter of great sorrow. I have started an initiative to protect the nation from Covid-19 by producing hand sanitizers at a very cheap rate. But unfortunately I have got the transfer order within one day of producing the hand sanitizers.”

“The head office has also appointed an officer as my replacement. But I want to spend my last days of service at Carew and Company because I think that I can make a difference by producing hand sanitizers at a cheap rate. Our nation and the world are going through a very tough time fighting against Covid-19 and I want to be a part of this fight,”commented Jahid Ansary.

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