Transparency International Bangladesh on Thursday demanded removal of shipping minister Shajahan Khan and state minister for LGRD and Cooperatives Moshiur Rahman Ranga from the cabinet.
TIB said that they cannot be ministers in the government as their other roles were in direct conflict with such responsibilities.
It said that Ranga is president of transport owners association while Shahjahan Khan is leader of transport workers’ union.
Addressing a press conference at the TIB office in the capital its executive director Addressing a press conference at TIB office in the capital, its executive director ftekharuzzaaman said that the obvious conflict of interests don’t allow them to be ministers of the Republic.
TIB raised the demand for removing the two ministers at a time when thousands of students took to streets across the country in protest against the lack of safety on the roads due to ‘anarchy’ in the road transport sector.
‘We demand their removal in the interest of transparency and accountability in the transport sector,’ said the TIB executive director.
Shipping minister Shajahan Khan is executive president of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation and state minister for LGRD and Cooperatives Moshiur Rahman Ranga is president of the National Road Transport Owners’ Association of Bangladesh.
Iftekharuzzaman said that the transport sector had been bedeviled by a triangular cycle of corruption with the involvement of politics, business and administration.
He said that TIB extended its fully support to the students’ movement for the restoration of discipline in the transport sector after two students were killed in road accident on the Airport Road.
The government ignored the road safety issue for which it took no step to improve the traffic mess.
The authorities are accused of protecting those making the roads unsafe by causing deaths, said the TIB executive director.
He said that the culture of skipping justice cannot continue.
‘Those who find conspiracy in this movement were themselves the conspirators,’ said Iftekharuzzaman while speaking to reporters after the press conference.
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