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Toma Construction's involvement found in mask scandal!

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 11th June, 2020 09:29:57 PM
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Toma Construction's involvement found in mask scandal!

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Toma Construction Company has allegedly been found involved with irregularities in the N-95 face mask supply.

The National Security Intelligence (NSI) has recently discovered the irregularities after checking a number of mask cartons supplied by the company to the Central Medical Store Department (CMSD).

The NSI found less number of masks in twenty cartons during a checking. The intelligence agency informed the CMSD about the irregularities.

The Directorate General of Drug Administration sent a letter to Toma Construction asking for an explanation. 

Sources said that on May 2, Toma Construction got a supply order of three lakh N-95 masks from the CMSD.

The next day, after getting the supply order, Toma Constructions supplied 60,480 pieces of mask in the first phase packed in 252 cartons. Later, 26,640 masks were supplied in the second phase packed in 111 cartons.

As per the contract, each carton should contain 12 boxes and each box should have 20 masks. 

The NSI obtained information that each carton had less masks than the deal.

On Wednesday, the company sent 1.8 lakh masks in 420 cartons. The intelligence agency on suspicion checked 20 cartons.

They found two boxes were missing in every five cartons. It means 200 masks were less in five cartons.

Later, the intelligence agency informed the CMSD authorities about the matter.

Afterward, the Directorate General of Drug Administration sent a letter to Toma Construction Company asking about the irregularities.

The letter of the drug administration said that the company violated conditions of the contract by providing less masks inside the cartons. So, the mask would not be received.

When contacted, Motiur Rahman, coordinator of the company, said that the CMSD used to receive masks counting boxes.

And the memo was made as per their counts, he said, adding, “This time also the CMSD received the masks as they did earlier,” he said.

When asked about the less number of masks, he said that they received cartons from ports. It could not be understood if there was less or more marks in the cartons.

Earlier, the drug administration filed a case against Aminul Islam, owner of Elan Corporation, for importing N-95 masks issuing fake documents.

Aminul Islam said that he gave licence to one Tajul Islam to import masks; so, he is not liable for the crimes.

On May 29, police filed a case against Tajul and his driver with Banani Police Station.