Submit wealth statements by February 28

Land minister asks all officials, employees of the ministry

Staff Correspondent

13 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

CHATTOGRAM: In an effort to curb corruption, the newly-appointed Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury Jabed gave directive to all officials and employees under his ministry to submit their wealth statements by February 28.

He came up with the directive while addressing at a view exchange meeting with journalists at Bangabandhu Hall of Chattogram Press Club on Saturday.

The minister said officials and employees of all land offices from Union Parishad to the ministry will have to submit their wealth statements within the period.

“I am now giving the directive verbally and will issue official notice in this regard soon,” said the minister.

Reiterating his ‘zero tolerance stance’ against corruption Jabed, who earlier served as statement minister of the same ministry, said efforts will be there to digitise the entire activities of land offices across the country within the current tenure.  He said CCTV cameras along with voice recording devices will be installed at all the offices for ensuring transparency and stopping harassment to the service seekers.

The high officials including minister and secretary of the ministry will monitor the CCTV cameras and voice recorders regularly, he said.

Announcing to launch surprise visit to the land offices again he said there are some complexities at different stages of the land offices and those will be eased through introducing new systems gradually.

Those who are yet to give up the ‘bad habits’ should quit as there will have no room for corruption, said the minister who was elected lawmaker from Chattogram-13 (Anwara) constituency for three times.

Priority is being attached to implementation of the mega projects including the bay terminal of Chattogram port, Karnaphuli tunnel, Chattogram-Cox’s Bazar rail line and economic zones, he said.

Replying to a question regarding eviction of the illegal structures from banks of the river Karnaphuli, he said necessary steps will be taken in this regard. He also assured all out support from his side for addressing the accommodation crisis of journalists in Chattogram.

Chattogram Press Club President Kalim Sarwar, General Secretary Suklal Das, former President Ali Abbas, Chattogram Union of Journalists (CUJ) President Nazimuddin Shyamal, General Secretary Hasan Ferdous, Press Club Joint General Secretary Chowdhury Farid and Cultural Secretary Shahidullah Shahriar, among others, addressed the view exchange meeting.