Reside in govt quarters or get no house allowance: PM

Staff Correspondent

23 December, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Prime Minster Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said government officials will not get any house allowance unless they reside in the quarters allocated by the government for them.

“Government officials have to live in the houses built for them. Those, who don’t reside in government flats after getting allocation, won’t get any house rents,” she said at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC). 

The premier asked the authorities concerned to take necessary measure in this regard, Planning Secretary Asadul Islam told reporters at a press briefing after the meeting.

Sheikh Hasina made the directive while approving the 1st revision of the project for further development of Rajshahi Science and Technology University.

The directive came as many officials do not stay in government flats and instead, live in rented houses as house allowance they get are higher than private house rents, Asadul Islam said.

As a result, many government houses remain vacant while some are getting dilapidated, he added.

The government is trying to remove accommodation problem of government employees. Many public servants, including teachers, doctors and other category officials, have specified residential facility provided by the government.

Noting that the change in the rate schedule by the executing agencies like LGED, BWDB often raise the project costs, the premier also said that this rate schedule must have to be get approved by the finance ministry before the project gets government approval. The Planning Commission will oversee the matter, Ashadul said quoting the premier.

The finance ministry has already issued a circular in this regard to address the issue of rate schedule, the planning secretary told the media in reply to a question

The Ecnec meeting was held virtually. The premier joined the meeting from her official residence Ganabhaban through a video conference while other Ecnec members joined it from the NEC conference room.