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Pillow protest held over irregularities in furnishing RNPP apartments

On Sunday, the government launched two probe bodies to investigate the matter

Update : 20 May 2019, 08:05 PM

A group of people staged human chain, holding pillows in their hands, protesting the abnormally high prices of accessories being used to furnish apartments in multi-storey buildings at the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant Project (RNPP) in Pabna.

People under the banner of two organizations- Gono Oikyo and Nagorik Porishad- staged the human chain in front of the National Press Club around 11am on Monday.

The matter drew widespread criticism after newspaper reports on irregularities in procuring accessories, including pillows, to furnish apartments in RNPP.

The human chain protested against such irregularities by holding pillows because according to the reports, the price and carrying cost of pillows were estimated to be abnormally high.

The protesters also termed the pillow pricing as the ‘worst robbery in history’.

Md Shamsuddin, president of Nagorik Parishad, said: “Market price of a pillow is Tk300, but they projected the price at almost Tk6000 per pillow with a carrying charge of Tk760 for each. This is uncontrolled corruption.”

According to reports, while purchasing furnishings for the project, contractors at RNPP made a bill, in which Tk5957 was shown as the price of each pillow with addition of Tk760 each as carrying cost. Similarly, Tk94,250 for a fridge with Tk12,521 as carrying cost. Tk17,499 was shown for the carrying cost of a wardrobe while Tk10,773 for a bed. The bill also disclosed Tk7,638 as carrying charge for each television.

The protesters also wrote questions on their pillow placards such as: Who will check into this robbery? Who will stop it?

Earlier on Sunday, The government launched an inquiry into the allegations of abnormally high prices of furnishing articles in the apartments at the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant Project (RNPP) in Pabna.

Two probe committees—one from the Ministry of Housing and Public Works, and another from the Public Works Department—have been formed to investigate the matter, said M Iftekhar Hossain, public relations officer of the ministry.

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