‘Dedicated leaders to get priority’

Staff Correspondent

20 September, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Awami League (AL) General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday said that controversial people will not be inducted to the committees of the party.

“Committees of district chapters and central sub-committees of the party have to be formed excluding controversial ones. No committee will be approved without scrutiny,” he said.

Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said this while addressing a review meeting on progress of Western Bangladesh Bridge Improvement Project via a videoconferencing from his official residence on parliament premises in the capital.

He said: “Committees won’t be announced right now. It will be scrutinised whether dedicated and tested leaders and workers are on the list or not.”

Quader said nepotism was given priority in the formation of many committees while tested leaders and activists have been dropped from the committee.

“The tested leaders and workers cannot be dropped from committees by any means. I urge everyone to give priority to devoted and uncontroversial workers in forming committees in the coming days,” he said.

“It won’t be allowed under any circumstances. We will definitely take action against such anomalies,” he added.

Quader said some people are saying that drives against corruption and irregularities have stopped, but it is not true as the drives are still going on.

If anyone of AL does anything wrong, he or she would not be spared, he cautioned. The minister called upon the officials concerned of different development projects to work with utmost sincerity and honesty to further speed up the activity of the projects which witnessed a halt during the coronavirus pandemic. He laid stress on keeping transparency and preventing waste of public money in the projects.

Later, Quader planted two saplings on Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban premises as part of the programme to plant two saplings by each lawmaker.

At the initiative of Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, the tree plantation programme is being held on parliament premises as part of planting 1 crore saplings announced by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the occasion of birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.