Treasury and opposition MPs in parliament on Wednesday called on the government to address irregularities in banking and education sectors to revive and enhance the image of the government.
‘Due to the mismanagement in banking and education sectors, we face embarrassing situation,’ Mahbubul Alam Hanif, joint general secretary of the ruling Awami League, said while speaking on the motion of thanks to the President’s address in parliament.
‘We hope that the concerned people will take prompt measures against such irregularities,’ he said.
Hanif said the government had many successes in various fields, but some failures made the achievements questionable.
Regarding BNP’s threat to wage movement to free its chairperson Khaleda Zia, Hanif said such threats would not yield any positive result.
‘Instead of issuing threats, you (BNP leaders and activists) should better take legal measures to free her,’ he said.
He advised the BNP leaders to proceed without Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman, who had been convicted in a corruption case.
‘If you take the move, only then people may accept you in next elections,’ he said.
Earlier speaking on the motion, Jatiya Party lawmaker Fakhrul Imam criticised the government for its failure to prevent question paper leakage.
‘One day, we many find that questions will be available on mobiles and Facebook .Up to now, we have just found a bus where everyone had questions. It seems that the office is completely out of the purview of the government,’ Imam told the House.
The Jatiya Party lawmaker alleged that bribe was being taken in many ways.
Without mentioning the name of the education minister, he said question paper of seven subjects had been leaked so far.
Mentioning the irregularities in banking sector, he said the sector had reached crises.
‘Loans are being provided on political consideration,’ he said, adding that the banks had now turned into a family affair.
The lawmaker alleged that instead of importing goods through the letter of credit, the whole amount had been kept abroad.
Without mentioning the name of Farmers Bank’s former chairman, Imam said an owner of the bank appointed 90 per cent employees from his area.
‘If nepotism rules over recruitments how do the banks fight back irregularities in sanctioning loans,’ he said.
The JP lawmaker was critical on the government’s claim of providing uninterrupted electricity.
‘We are not getting uninterrupted electricity. Power outage still persists, though the state minister does not acknowledge it,’ he said.
The lawmaker said that the power plants had become a symbol of stigma.
Power, energy and mineral resources state minister Nasrul Hamid Bipu, BM Mozammel Haque, Nurul Islam Sujan and Naim Razzak, among others, also spoke on the president’s speech.
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