Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said members of parliament who were not living in their allotted Nam flats should leave them, or they would be left out of the allotment list.
"The MPs must live in the Nam flats with their families. Those who are not living in the flats after receiving allotment will be left out of the list," she said.
The Prime Minister was inaugurating newly constructed residential buildings for the officials and employees of Bangladesh Jatiya Sangbad Secretariat at Sher-e Bangla Nagar in Dhaka when she made the statement, reports UNB.
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and Chief Whip ASM Feroz were present on the dais.
Sheikh Hasina added that those MPs who do not wish to stay in the Nam flats have the option to stay at Nakhalpara MP Hostel.
The Prime Minister, also the leader of the House, said she has information that some MPs have given their allotted Nam flats to other people. "You (MPs) put your men, drivers, servants and officials in the flats...this (illegal stay) can't be allowed."
She further said the outsiders who use the Nam flats do not take care to maintain them, putting an undue strain on the government budget. "We'll collect money from the MPs if the flats need repair next time."
Sheikh Hasina asked the chief whip to take the necessary steps to implement a fine for causing any damage to the Nam flats, to be taken from the MPs concerned for repairs, and sought the opinion of the speaker in this regard.
"I raised the issue at the Awami League Parliamentary Party meeting. Now I'm talking about it publicly. I'm saying this to the chief whip- if he doesn't take steps, then I'll take steps for him," she said.
The Housing and Public Works Ministry constructed the Nam buildings in 2001. The buildings are equipped with modern facilities, and have a total of 448 flats.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also directed the authorities concerned to put due importance on the proper maintenance of the Jatiya Sangsad.
"Jatiya Sangsad has a very special importance, as it is known worldwide as one of the finest architectural structures. All concerned in the Parliament Secretariat should play a role in properly maintaining it," she said.
Expressing her resentment over water stagnation on the Jatiya Sangsad floors, the Leader of the House issued a strong warning against the officials concerned, asking them to be careful from now on so that such incidents do not happen in the future.
Despite there being a sufficient budget and manpower, the prime minister said that the negligence of employees was a sticking point in maintenance activities.
She also urged all concerned to be careful that public property and government establishments built with taxpayers’ money were not damaged or used in unproductive manner.
The premier added that it wasn’t enough that the government was setting up health clinics, union complexes and universities, as everyone needed to ensure that the new facilities were maintained.
Hasina also expressed satisfaction at the peaceful observance of Pohela Boishakh on Friday and thanked law enforcement agencies for maintaining security across the country.
Chaired by Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, the function was also addressed by Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Chief Whip ASM Feroz and Senior Secretary of the Jatiya Sangbad Secretariat Dr Mohammad Abdur Rob Hawlader.
Ministers, Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Mia, chairmen of the parliamentary standing committees of different ministries, parliament members and senior officials of the government were in attendance.