BAEC contradicts news on high staff salary of Rooppur NPP

Special Correspondent

21 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) on Monday contradicted a media report that went viral on social media regarding high salaries and allowances for the employees and officials of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant construction project and Nuclear Power Plant Company Bangladesh Limited (NPCBL).

Terming the reports baseless, the BAEC claimed the news on unexpected salary payment published in some newspapers, online and social media is just a ‘speculation’. Those were produced based on speculation and imaginary information, said a statement issued by the BAEC on Monday.

The statement, signed by BAEC chairman Mahbubul Haque, feared that these types of news might create confusion about the country’s first nuclear power plant, the biggest project ever in the country. The commission also identified it as threat to the image of the biggest, hi-tech and sensitive project of the country.

“All staff who have so far been working in the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant construction project are the regular staff of the BAEC, said BAEC chairman.

For the sake of proper implementation of the project they have been attached with the project, he said adding they get their salaries and allowances from Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission as per pay scale fixed by the Government.

The staff salary structure of Nuclear Power Plant Company Bangladesh Limited has been fixed by the Board of the company in line with the salary structure of other similar public companies, he said.

The Board of Directors is constituted by representatives from the government’s finance division, legislative and parliamentary affairs division of the Ministry of Law, other Ministries and organizations.

Neither Project Director (PD), nor Deputy Project Director (DPD) of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant Construction Project receives any salary or allowance from the project, the chairman said.

They are the regular staff of the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and draw salary and allowances from the Commission as per fixed pay scale. Project Director simultaneously serves as the Managing Director of the company, but he does not draw any salary or allowances from the company.

Besides, there is no scope of receiving salary and allowance from more than one organization, he claimed.

So far, no driver and cooks have been appointed in the company, he said. So, the question about their salary and allowances is illogical.