Employees of Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (DWASA) are making overtime bill of al-most Tk50m every month, which is three to four times bigger than their gross salary.
Ismail Hossain, a pump operator of DWASA zone- 6, earns a basic salary of Tk7,570 and gross salary is Tk13,762. In last July he collected Tk34,098 as overtime bill which is three times higher than his basic salary.
Not only Ismail Hossain but also 3,000 employees of the government run agency DWASA collected sal-ary and overtime bill like him. In many cases they make overtime bill without any service.
Sources said DWASA authority established the overtime facility in October, 2012.
According to the rule, overtime bill has to be deposited in each employee’s bank account every month even if they do not work.
DWASA Board Chairman Rahmatullah said they would protest and stop it in a systematic way.
Taksim A Khan, managing director of DWASA, was not available over phone.
However, Commercial Manager of DWASA, Uttam Roy has acknowledged the irregularity, but did not make any comment in this regard.
However, Deputy Managing Director (Finance) Syed Golam Ahmed said: “The system should be stopped immediately”.
A former accounts officer of WASA, seeking anonymity said: “An employee whose overtime schedule is eight hours per day, submitted bill for 14 hours.
“A section of high officials keep mum as they get huge amount of money for helping the illegal pro-cess.”
Another official of DWASA said about 2,000 posts of the organisation are vacant.
But in the wake of Collective Bargaining Agent (CBA) leaders protest, the authority could not fill up the vacant posts.
DWASA CBA President Md Hafiz Uddin said: “Due to manpower shortage an employee has to work 16 hours in a day instead of 8 hours. The Wasa authority also committed of giving two times money of general duty as overtime.”
“For this reason the employees are getting more money than basic salary,” he added.
An official of DWASA said: “About three hundred employees are temporarily working in the state-run agency, trying to get permanent but the authority does not make their job permanent”.
The CBA leader protested against the fresh appointment, considering the woes of the existing em-ployees.
“Not only employees but also some officials withdraw a huge amount of money from their account in the name of overtime,” he added.