JS body expresses concern over MPO allocation

Staff Correspondent | Published: 02:13, Nov 25,2019


The parliamentary standing committee on the ministry of education on Sunday expressed concern over inclusion of many education institutions under the government’s Monthly Pay Order scheme in violation with the government’s set policy.

They said that many education institutions without having their own campuses or sufficient number of students and teachers were considered for the benefit in gross violation of MPO policy guidelines of 2018.

‘Personally I know some schools that got the benefit without having required number of students and teachers,’ Awami League lawmaker Md Abdul Quddus, also the standing committee member, told New Age emerging from the meeting.

‘They don’t have their own campuses and are governed by families,’ he added.

In the meeting, many lawmakers also referred newspaper reports revealing gross violation of the policy while including new institutes under the benefit scheme, he said.

After nine years, the government included 2,730 non-government schools, colleges and madrassahs under the MPO benefit on demand from all lawmakers for including institutes located in their constituencies on the list. 

Standing committee chairman Afsarul Ameen said that the committee had recommended amending the MPO policy for ensuring transparency in case of including new institutes on the benefit list. 

Deputy education minister Mohibul Hassan Choudhury told New Age that the ministry had already formed two committees for reviewing the policy and reviewing whether all the selected institutes complied with the clauses of the existing policy.

The committee was also informed in the meeting that the government allocated Tk 865 crore for the 2019-20 fiscal for providing MPO benefits of which Tk 408.67 crore was spent for providing the benefit to 1,658 institutions.

‘With the remaining money, more institutes would be included on the benefit list,’ Mohibul said.

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