RCC authorities say the hiring process of those temporary employees was illegal, without approval from the ministry concerned
Rangpur City Corporation has terminated the jobs of 177 employees hired on a temporary basis. The decision came into effect on May 17.
The corporation CEO, Akter Hossain Azad, confirmed the matter to this correspondent, adding that these ex-employees were instructed to turn over any official documents currently in their possession.
According to sources, the previous mayor of Rangpur, Sharfuddin Ahmed Jhantu, hired 240 people for the city corporation in 2012, without approval from the Ministry of Local Government.
The regulations state that job circulars must be posted in newspapers, and an appointment committee must be formed by the city corporation before hiring new employees. But Sharfuddin did not follow any of these procedures.
The people hired by ex-mayor Sharfuddin, did not face any written or oral tests. There are also complaints that those who got hired in 2012, gave bribes of Tk5-15 lakh.
Deputy Director of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Abdus Sobhan, launched an investigation into the matter, after news of irregularities at Rangpur City Corporation was reported by the media.
The commission is still investigating the matter.
On December 21, 2017, Jatiya Party (JaPa) backed candidate, Md Mustafizur Rahman Mostafa, was elected mayor in a landslide victory, defeating Awami League candidate, Sharfuddin Ahmed Jhantu.
In February, 2018, Mayor Mustafizur halted pay for all city corporation employees hired on a temporary basis during the tenure of Jhantu.
A committee, formed by the city corporation at that time and led by its CEO, Akter Hossain, recently submitted a report on the matter.
A member of that probe committee, on condition of anonymity, said: “We have not found any legal basis in the appointment process of 177 people among a total of 240 temporary employees hired on 2012.
“We submitted our report mentioning that these appointments were illegal, as no approval from the ministry concerned was taken, and no hiring committee was formed.”
On May 16, city corporation Secretary, Md Abu Musa Jongi, verbally told the 177 temporary employees that there services were no longer required.
Speaking to this correspondent, Gulzar Hossain, a public relations officer of the city corporation who was appointed on a temporary basis, said: “I have come to return official files currently in my possession as I was told my employment has been terminated.”
Rangpur City Mayor Mustafizur Rahman could not be reached on phone for his comments on the matter.