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Massive bureaucratic reshuffle, promotion spree likely

Update : 06 Nov 2013, 08:50 PM

The civil administration is likely to face a massive reshuffle in some important posts and a new promotion spree at the end of the present government before the interim polls-time administration takes control.

The public administration ministry has already begun work on reshuffling the administration and the further promotion of officers who were left out during the last wave of promotions under this government.

Sources in the ministry told the Dhaka Tribune that some of the more powerful high officials in different ministries and divisions, who have been in the same office for three years, will be transferred before the election schedule is announced.

“The ministry was working towards promoting some joint secretaries to additional secretaries, deputy secretaries to joint secretaries and senior assistant secretaries to deputy secretaries for a few weeks. A meeting of the Superior Selection Board (SSB), led by the cabinet secretary, has already been held. The ministry is waiting to get the prime minister’s nod to issue the order,” a ministry official said.

The SSB met again on Wednesday to finalise the recommendations of promotion in the cabinet division conference room at the secretariat.

“The SSB finalised the proposal of promoting seven acting secretaries to secretaries and at least 100 joint secretaries out of a list of 297 candidates to additional secretaries. The meeting of SSB will continue in the next few days to finalise the proposal of promoting deputy secretaries to joint secretaries and senior assistant secretaries to deputy secretaries,” a deputy secretary of the public administration ministry confirmed.

Amidst the rumours of massive reshuffle and promotion in the civil administration, Senior Public Administration Secretary Abdus Sobhan Sikdar denied any possibility of a large number of transfers, similar to what had happened before the last government left power, and a promotion spree before the election.

“Some of the officials who have been serving in an office for two or three years will be replaced before the interim government takes charge, as per the policy of the ministry. It is a routine work. But there is no possibility of massive reshuffle in the civil administration,” he said.

“The interim government will take charge after the Election Commission announces the election schedule. The public administration ministry and all officials and employees related with election will be placed under the commission. If they need any reshuffling, the ministry will execute it with the suggestion of the commission,” he added.rding to ministry sources however, the office of Sikdar as well as Local Government Secretary Abu Alam Md. Shahid Khan, Education Secretary Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, Public Works Secretary Khondakar Showkat Hossain and Land Secretary Mokhlesur Rahman will be changed before the interim government takes charge.

The promotion of joint secretaries to additional secretaries will be considered first as they received promotion only once in last two years while the deputy secretaries received two times and senior assistant secretaries received three times, the ministry officials told.

Abdus Sobhan Sikdar said the promotions of deputy secretaries and senior assistant secretaries will only be considered only after the promotions of joint secretaries.

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said the public servants and ministries or divisions related with election activities will be placed under the election commission after the election schedule is announced. “The Election Commission will decide about reshuffles if needed,” he said.

Communications Minister Obaidul Quader said the Election Commission will handle the civil administration independently during the election. The interim government will not interfere on their work. The government will only assist the commission to execute its decisions.  

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