Deputy Secretary AKM Rezaul Karim, former director of Jatiya Grantha Kendra, has been sent on compulsory retirement as he was found guilty in a rape case. Public Administration issued a notification signed by its senior secretary Mohammad Mezbah Uddin Chowdhury in this regard on Wednesday. Read more: Another police officer sent on compulsory retirement The order will come into effect immediately in public interest, the notification said. A chargesheet was submitted against Rezaul in a case filed under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act 2000 while he was director of the Grantha Kendra. On June 25 in 2019, he was suspended. He later threatened the plaintiff to withdraw the case and another case was filed over threat and physical torture, said the notification. The Public Administration Ministry initiated a departmental investigation against him and a show cause notice was served on him. Read more: Officials sent on retirement for lack of skills, patriotism: Home Minister However, the Investigative Officer did not receive a satisfactory reply to the show cause notice. The ministry later sought opinion of the Public Service Commission and the commission agreed on sending him on compulsory retirement. President Abdul Hamid later approved decision, reads the notification.
State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain on Monday said that further decision on extending the ongoing restriction on public movement and other activities will be taken after observing the Covid-19 situation for a week. He was talking to reporters at Bangladesh Secretariat on Monday. Replying to a question about extending the restriction on public movement, Farhad said, “Further decision for imposing restriction on public movement will be taken after considering the Covid situation as people infected with the new variant of Covid-19, Omicron, recover in a short period of time and the recovery rate is also good.” “More than 85% people, infected with Covid-19, are taking treatment at their respective homes and we definitely will observe the Covid situation for one week to issue next directives,” he said. READ: Lockdown will return if Covid restrictions violated: Health Minister Following the impact of Omicron, the country is now experiencing the third wave of Covid and the infection rate is increasing day by day, he said adding “Our main objective is to ensure use of masks by all as the experts have hinted that the Covid infection rate is likely to increase in mid-February.” He also urged all to remain aware of it and to tackle the third wave of Covid following health guidelines. Asking about flouting of health guidelines on public transport, he said “All must abide by the directives of the government for their own good.” He also urged those involved in public transport sector to provide their assistance by following the directives and rules of the government. Farhad also asked to conduct mobile court drives to force people to follow health guidelines. “Prior notice will be given before conducting mobile court drives.” In light of the latest surge in Covid-19 cases across the country, the government on January 21 imposed some restrictions on the overall activities and movement of people in the country. The Cabinet Division issued a notification in this regard. READ: Covid restrictions maybe to stop BNP rallies: Rizvi According to the notice, all the schools, colleges and universities of the country will remain closed from January 21 to February 6. The government has also prohibited the gathering of 100 people for any political, social or religious programmes. Those who will attend such programmes will need to have Covid-19 vaccine certificates and RT-PCR test conducted, says the notification. It said all the government, non-government offices and factories have been asked to make sure that all the staff and officers carrying Covid-19 vaccine cards. The notification asked all to wear masks and maintain health rules at public places like markets, shopping malls, mosques, bus stands, launch terminals, railway stations. The local administration and law enforcement agencies have been instructed to monitor and ensure compliance.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday stressed the importance of good governance and asked the government officials to devote themselves to serving people to make this society a better place. “I hope you’ll devote yourselves to serving people remaining faithful to the constitutional responsibilities,” she said. The Prime Minister was addressing the certificate-giving and closing ceremony of the 119th and 120th Law and Administration Training Courses at Bangladesh Civil Service Administration Academy in the capital through a videoconference from her official residence Ganobhaban. As per the 7th article of the Constitution, Hasina mentioned, people are the owners of the country while the 21(2) article of the constitution stated that government employees are bound to serve people round the clock. Read: Slow progress in Kushtia medical college project: PM orders action She directed the public servants to take innovative initiatives to serve people as the government has prepared a Perspective Plan and is implementing it. “We’ve already attained the status of a developing nation and we’ve to maintain that so that we do not fall behind.” Hasina said it is the desire of all that there will be a service-oriented administration in the country which will innovate new services to serve people. “Stay involved in establishing good governance through proper enforcement of laws, stay beside people, and make sure people get justice and not a single person suffers from starvation, remains homeless, is deprived of treatment and education. Discharge your responsibilities keeping eyes on these issues, we want that,” she said. Talking about the food scarcity in the Covid-19 pandemic across the globe, the Prime Minister said the food scarcity has increased around the world and many countries are suffering from this. “Not a single inch of arable land be left behind from cultivation.” Read: EC to be constituted through search committee: PM Hasina said every piece of land in every area of the country must be put under cultivation to increase production and mentioned that many developed countries are in deplorable condition regarding food production. “We may have to provide food assistance to many developed countries, maybe. Keeping this view in mind, we’ve to make sure there’s no scarcity of food and protein in the country.” Hasina asked all concerned to add more food and processed food items to the country’s export basket. She said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman devoted his entire life towards changing the fate of people as they were poor and destitute. “So, you’ll have to think about them (people) and work to change their fortune.” The government wants to build Bangladesh as a hunger- and poverty-free non-communal country where everyone will live with dignity, she added. Hasina said the government wants to develop government employees suitable for keeping the pace of the world to develop the country further. She asked the trained officers to utilise their knowledge acquired in the training course for the development of the country. Read: PM greets Chinese leaders on founding anniversary, hopes stronger cooperation Presided over by State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain, the function was addressed, among others, by Public Administration senior Secretary KM Ali Azam and Rector of the BCS Administration Mominur Rashid Amin. On behalf of the Prime Minister, Farhad Hossain handed over the awards to the best performers of the 119th and 120th training courses respectively. Two fresh officers and rector award winners -- Swikriti Pramanik of the 119th course and Umme Salma Naznin Tosha of the 120th course -- spoke at the function on behalf of the participants of the training course. A video documentary on Bangladesh Civil Service Administration Academy was played at the programme.
The government has reappointed Prof Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam as the Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) for two more years.