Telecom ministry probes BTRC committee’s irregularities

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Feb 02,2019 | Updated: 00:13, Feb 02,2019


The telecom ministry has launched a probe into the allegations of irregularities against a Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission committee that deals with promotion of the commission’s officials.
Submission of a joint complaint by around 30 officials of the rank of deputy director, senior assistant director and assistant director of BTRC prompted the ministry to take the move, officials said.
An order of the posts, telecommunications and information technology ministry issued by its deputy secretary Urmi Tamanna on January 29 asked the three-member probe body to investigate the allegations against the BTRC committee.
In the complaint, the BTRC officials alleged that the committee held a meeting on January 21 after the office hours in absence of the office secretary of the committee.
They also mentioned that the meeting of the committee was called hurriedly without following due procedure.
They alleged that the committee recommended for promotion of a number of officials who did not have the required qualification for promotion without taking annual confidential reports into cognizance.
The BTRC committee held the meeting following an approval from the telecom ministry to create 86 new posts by reorganising the commission’s organogram.
Telecom ministry additional secretary Md Saiful Islam has been made convener of the probe body while joint secretary Syed Amdadul Huq and deputy secretary Urmi Tamanna members of the committee.
The committee has been asked to submit its report in 10 days to the telecom division acting secretary upon completion of investigation.
Although the complaint was submitted to BTRC chairman Md Jahurul Haque, copies of the complaint were also sent to the telecom minister and to the telecom secretary.
The BTRC officials in the complaint demanded that the commission should scrap the recommendations made by the committee to avoid any internal chaos at the commission.
On December 17 last year, the government approved 86 new posts for the telecom regulator.
The approval of the government, however, is subject to approval of the telecom ministry on the alignment of the new 86 posts with the existing organisational structure.
BTRC has also to include the newly created posts in its regulations.
The commission at a special meeting held on December 27 last year reorganised its organogram adding the posts to it. Now it is waiting for approval from the telecom ministry.
A section of BTRC officials, however, said that the complaint was baseless and submitted with ill intention.
The committee followed due procedure in making recommendations on promotion, they claimed.

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