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‘Irregularities over stimulus packages won’t be tolerated’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 15 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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‘Irregularities over stimulus packages won’t be tolerated’

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday warned that no irregularity will be tolerated in distributing the stimulus packages for pandemic-hit low income group people in the country.

“All should remain vigil so that no nepotism takes place in distribution of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s incentives and those reach the hands of the real beneficiaries. No irregularities will be tolerated in this regard,” he said.

Quader, also the Awami League general secretary, said this while addressing a virtual press briefing from his official residence on parliament premises in the capital.

The AL spokesperson came up with the remark as the Prime Minister on Tuesday announced stimulus packages of Tk 3,200 crore for helpless people hit hard by lockdown, rural employment creation, tourism sector, transport workers and working people.

Quader also asked the authorities concerned to remain alert so that none can get involved in irregularities in distributing incentives among the poor people.

“It is necessary to pay maximum attention to preparing the lists of the people who are really affected by the pandemic,” he added.

Referring to ease of ongoing lockdown, Quader said the decision was taken to cut the sufferings of the homebound people during the Eid-ul-Azha, ensure financial security of the working people and keep the country’s economy smooth. “We’ve to keep in mind that we should not take the opportunity of easing temporary restrictions. The festival journey should not turn into the last journey of life due to their indifference and ignorance,” he said.

“So there is no alternative to wearing mask.”

Mentioning that transports will operate with half seat capacity at 60 percent increase in fares, Quader said the transport owners and workers' organisations must operate their vehicles following the health guidelines.

Legal action will be taken against those who would violate the government’s instructions and take extra fares from passengers, he warned.