Monday, 27 September, 2021

Irregularities at BTRC

Ensure exemplary punishment

At last, the fact has been proven true that irregularities occurred in the recruitment and promotion of some officials at Bangladesh Telecommunication and Regulatory Commission (BTRC). After conducting an inclusive inquiry, a probe committee that was formed following a report titled “Recruitment, Promotion: Massive irregularities found at BTRC” published in the Daily Sun on 25th January has found evidence that the relevant rules of the government as well as the Commission were flouted in recruitment and promotions. The probe body has appreciated the piece of news that stated the recruitment of more than 100 staffers and promotion of at least a dozen of officials to different posts at BTRC between 2009 and 2018 took place flouting the rules and regulations.

It is very shocking that an independent commission responsible for regulating the matters related to telecommunications of Bangladesh violated rules and regulations to employ some unqualified and unskilled officials, and later the ministry and BTRC high officials left no stone unturned to protect them from punitive measured. We cannot expect that these people discharge duties either for the betterment of the sector or for serving the country. Instead, they most likely work for their personal benefits. Therefore, along with terminating illegally recruited and promoted staff, exemplary punishment should be given to those corrupt officials who were involved in the entire process with a view to making the Commission free of corruption and ensuring smooth functioning of the sector.

We want to congratulate and appreciate our reporter for doing a splendid job for the sake of the people and the country. The report is also a classic example of why investigative journalism matters. Investigative journalism plays a crucial role in ensuring transparency by unveiling matters concealed by someone in a position of power either deliberately or accidentally behind a chaotic mass of facts and circumstances. Shrunken space for journalism, on the other hand, provides more scope for corrupt persons to nurture and bloom their evils.

In recent time, corruptions and irregularities have been turning into a demon and hindering the development of the country by eating away the government’s efforts. However, we hope that all the stakeholders of the state would work together to eliminate corruption and help the country be ‘Golden Bengal’ in the quickest possible time.