Govt scraps BTCL MD’s contract

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:54, May 07,2018 | Updated: 23:17, May 07,2018


The government has terminated the contract with Bangladesh Telecommunication Company Limited managing director Mahfuz Uddin Ahmad seven months before its scheduled expiry, a senior BTCL official told New Age on Monday.
Mahfuz Uddin Ahmad, a retired BTCL officer, was appointed as managing director three times in different phases, including the last time in November 15, 2016 for a two-year tenure, the BTCL official said.
As per the government instruction, the new managing director would be chosen from the members of BTCL, he said.
The official also said that the senior-most member was likely to be made its managing director in a couple of days.
The BTCL was in the loggerhead with the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission over payment of Tk 2,157 crore dues.
The BTRC has already reduced more than 30 per cent call capacity of the BTCL in April this year.
The BTCL also failed to establish fibre connection with the ground stations of Bangabandhu-1 satellite within the stipulated time despite the fact that the satellite launch was scheduled for the eighth time for next Thursday.
Due to the entity’s failure, the government has initiated a move to assign another private entity to establish the fibre connection.

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