Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan on Monday refuted the allegation of nepotism in recruiting employees for Chittagong Sea Port.
In a statement under Rule 300 of Rules of Procedure, the minister said there was no irregularity or nepotism in recruiting class-four employees.
The minister came up with the statements a day after two lawmakers on Sunday in parliament expressed strong resentment over the alleged nepotism by Shajahan Khan.
Ruling alliance MP Mayeen Uddin Khan Badal and opposition lawmaker Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu separately raised the issue in parliament.
They said 92 people were recruited recently in Chittagong Sea Port. Only two of them belong to Chittagong and the rest are from a particular district.
It cannot be acceptable, they said.
The MPs also said people living in the port city did not mind if the 92 people were recruited from different districts. A big problem might come up over the issue, they said. They also demanded clarifications from the minister in this regard.
Shajahan Khan in his statement said statements of the two MPs are entirely baseless and confusing.
“Actually 85, not 93 people were recruited for the Chittagong Sea Port and they were recruited in line with the respective service rules,” the minister said.
He claimed that 29 out of the 85 were recruited from greater Chittagong division and the rest from different regions of the country.
The minister demanded that the two MPs withdraw their statements and Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury take necessary measures in this regard.