Public Administration Ministry has said that the transfer order had no connection with the anti-adulteration drives
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said that the transfer order of a Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection (DNCRP) official — who led major drives against adulteration during the Ramadan — was unacceptable.
Without mentioning any names, she said: “I was abroad during the Ramadan. A step was taken against an officer after he took action against some major business entities.
“It was no way acceptable to me, and I am saying this again – he will be given the same charge again and he will continue leading the anti-adulteration drives.”
She made the remarks — in an oblique reference to the incident from last week — in parliament on Wednesday evening, in response to a supplementary question from Awami League MP Rafiqul Islam on the Anti-Corruption Commission and graft-related issues.
The prime minister also slammed the Public Administration Ministry for transferring the official.
She also wondered why big businesses cannot be touched if they fail to maintain the standard. “It does not matter whether the business is small or big. In my eyes, a criminal is a criminal.”
The transfer order for DNCRP’s Dhaka divisional office Deputy Director Monjur Mohammad Shahriar was issued several hours after he led a drive at lifestyle retail chain Aarong’s flagship store in Dhaka’s Uttara, and fined them Tk4.5 lakh for discrepancies in product price tags.
The authorities revoked the order within 12 hours after the news drew massive flak from consumers and rights activists both on social and mass media.
However, Public Administration Ministry officials later claimed that the transfer order had no connection with Monjur’s drives and the decision was taken much earlier.
In recent weeks, Monjur and other anti-adulteration drive officials earned much public support for fining different brands, eateries, chain shops, supershops and beauty parlours for cheating on consumers.