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1 city councillor gets punished as others go scot-free?

  • Published at 09:53 am October 17th, 2019
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Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) councillors Collected

At least 18 councillors were absent in 3 to 8 DSCC board meetings

Due process is underway to dismiss DSCC councillor of ward nine as he was absent at three consecutive meets of the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC).

Though there are other allegations against him including his reported involvement in casino-related activities, extortion and other misdeeds, he is being expelled for being absent at DSCC meetings.

The problem is, there are at least 18 other DSCC councillors who were also absent from three to eight board meetings.

Some even went abroad without government approval but no accusations were made against them at the concerned ministry.

Apparently, AKM MominulHuq Sayed, councilor of ward 9, was present at only six board meetings out of 19. He is also accused of making overseas trips several times without prior permission from the ministry.

On Jun 25, Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Chief Executive Mostafizur Rahman wrote to the secretary of the local government division for an official action against Sayed.

On July 1, deputy secretary of the ministry issued a show-cause notice to Sayed in which he replied he was suffering from pancreatic cancer and could not attend the meetings due to ill health.

Based on an application plus recommendation from DSCC, he was given a 25-day leave to perform Hajj and go for medical treatment.

Councillors of wards: four, five, nine, 12, 13, 18, 22, 28, 30, 32, 33, 39, 40, 43, 52, 13, 19, were also absent at board meetings on several occasions.

Some were absent in 15 meetings out of 19. But the decision for a legal action was taken against Sayed only.

Local government specialist Tofail Ahmed said: “If a councilor is absent then first he has to be given a notice, followed by action. They can also be removed.”

DSCC Mayor Sayeed Khokonsaid: “Steps are being taken against Sayed while others were warned. The airport authority has also been told not to allow anyone to go out of the country without government clearance.”

Local Government Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed said: “We can only take legal action when a written complaint comes from the mayor; in this case, we got only one and are working on it.”