Govt to make BRTC corruption-free: Quader

Staff Correspondent

25 August, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Saturday said the government would take stern measures to turn Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) into a profitable organisation by freeing it from corruption and irregularities.

“If corruption is not addressed, BRTC cannot be turned into a profitable organisation,” the minister said while addressing a function in the capital. BRTC Sramik-Kormachari League organised the function at Diploma Engineers Institution, marking the National Mourning Day.

Seeking cooperation from all to free the BRTC from corruption, Quader said BRTC has been strengthened by adding new buses to its fleet. “If you cooperate, it will be possible to turn it into a profitable organisation. The dream of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to make BRTC a profitable organisation will then become a reality,” he said.

Labour and employment state minister Monnuzan Sufian and BRTC chairman Farid Ahmed Bhuiyan, among others, also addressed the programme with its acting president Abdul Quader in the chair. Addressing another programme, Quader said capital punishment will have to be ensured for all masterminds of August 21 grenade attack.

“The highest punishment will have to be ensured for the mastermind Tarqiue Rahman after bringing him back home,” he said after paying homage to Shaheed Ivy Rahman, on the occasion of her 15th martyrdom anniversary at Banani graveyard in the city.

AL joint general secretaries Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif and Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Awami League Advisory Council Member Enam Ahmed Chowdhury, industries minister Nurul Majid Mahmood Humayiun, state minister for shipping Khalid Mahmood Chowdhury, state minister for religious affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, local lawmaker Akbar Hossain Pathan and party’s central and city leaders were also present on the occasion.

Quader said legal steps are underway to bring back Tarique Rahman.

 “The government has been trying its best to bring back Tarique Rahman from abroad. The law ministry has been working in this regard,” he added.

“Verdict of August 21 grenade attack case was handed down. We have to wait for the full text of the verdict. Now the higher court would begin hearing of the case,” said the AL general secretary.

He said Ivy Rahman was an uncompromised leader in the struggle for democracy and she was an idol for the women in the politics of Bangladesh.

 “Ivy Rahman was critically injured in the August 21 grenade attack but she was not given treatment timely. Ivy Rahman could have been able to survive if her treatment would not have been delayed,” Quader said.