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8 expired MP's got telephone bills remission

Update : 27 May 2013, 12:47 PM

The cabinet on Monday approved a proposal to remission of unpaid telephone bills of taka 1.19 million of eight expired parliament members (MP) who were elected up to 8th parliament.

The decision was taken in the regular cabinet meeting held at secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

After the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan told reporters that the government had also cut off the unpaid telephone bills of taka 10.1 million of 64 parliament members in 2009. Following the remission the cabinet approved the proposal.

“The cabinet has also given its nod to cut off the unpaid telephone bills of those parliament members who were elected up to 8th parliament after their death only. It will not be necessary to place the proposal again before the cabinet to get its nod,” the Cabinet Secretary added.

But, he was not agreed to disclose the names of those expired MP’s and amounts of their dues.

According the telecom ministry officials, the ministry has sent a proposal to get remission of 11 expired parliament members to the cabinet. But, the cabinet approved eight members unpaid bills remission.

The name of the members which the telecom ministry sent to the cabinet are- Begum Rowshan Elahi and Abdul Matin Chowdhury of 2nd parliament; Harun Or  Rashid and Hafizur Rahman of 3rd parliament; Abdul Mottalib, Monsur Ali, Mohammad Iqbal, AHM Halim, Dr Salauddin Ahmed and Ghulam Zeelani Chowdhury of 4th parliament and Mokhlesur Rahman of 5th parliament.

Of them, Hafizur Rahman was elected as parliament members at 4th and 5th parliaments. He was debtor for the thrice of his act as a lawmaker.

The meeting also approved a proposal to amend the ‘Mandatory use Jute Packages for Goods Act’ for raising the numbers of the members into 17 from 14 of the Advisory Committee that was formed to recommend the government for mandatory use of jute packages.

According to the cabinet decision, the advisory committee would co-opt more members for their committee, if it’s needed.

Besides, the amendment proposal of the ‘Village Court Act’ has also been approved in the meeting.

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