No new faces to be inducted in cabinet, said Muhith

BGB to get two choppers, Padma Bridge supervision cost increases

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:28, Nov 09,2018

 
 

Finance minister AMA Muhith on Thursday said no new faces would be inducted in the current cabinet to fill the vacancies left in the wake of the resignation of four technocrat ministers, who resigned on Tuesday.
He also said members from the present cabinet might be given additional charges to look after those ministries during this interim period ahead of the general elections due by January 28, 2019.
Muhith said these while answering questions from the reporters after presiding over meetings of the cabinet committee on national purchases and economic affairs at secretariat.
On Tuesday evening, expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment minister Nurul Islam, religious affairs minister Matior Rahman, science and technology minister Yafesh Osman and posts, telecommunications and information technology minister Mustafa Jabbar rendered their resignation letters to the prime minister through the cabinet division.
Muhith said resignation letters of the technocrat ministers were yet to be accepted.
Industries minister Amir Hossain who was present there said acceptance of the resignation letters was just a matter of time.
Commenting on the much talked-about dialogue, Muhith said discussion was finished.
He hinted that the PM might hold a press conference on Friday.
He reiterated that he would not compete in the election although he would submit his dummy nomination paper.
Earlier, Muhith, while presiding over the meeting of the cabinet committee on national purchases, approved purchase of two helicopters from a Russian company at a cost of Tk 417.84 crore without any tender.
The choppers, to be operated by Border Guards of Bangladesh, are capable of carrying 26 passengers.
The committee also approved a proposal placed on the table to increase the cost of the construction supervision consultancy services of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project to Tk 562.44 crore from previous Tk 383.15 crore because of delay in construction cost by Korean Expressway Corporation.
Other proposals approved by the committee include procurement of 50,000 tonnes of wheat at a cost of Tk 122.61 crore, procurement of 1,25,000 tonnes of fertilizer at Tk 424 crore, appointment of three contractors for upgrading the Elanga-Rangpur Highway to four lanes at a cost of Tk 2110 crore, of which a major part is to be funded by Asian Development Bank.

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