Update November 3, 2015

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Officials complain to PM against Dy minister Joy

Sumel Sarker


Officials complain to PM against Dy minister Joy

03 November 2015,Nirapad News: Administrative officials have complained to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina against Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports Arif Khan Joy for ‘vandalising’ a joint secretary’s chamber.

In a parallel move, the joint secretaries to ministry met the secretary and demanded a proper working atmosphere.

The deputy minister lost his temper on Sunday because his name did not appear in a banner put up at the National Youth Day program and went to ransack joint secretary Md Mashuk Mia’s chamber.

The footballer-turned-politician, who was made a deputy minister after the last national election, denied the allegation of vandalism.

Instead, he claimed he had summoned the official to his chamber and rebuked him.

The former captain of the national football team had earlier faced flak in 2012 for having entered a field with a weapon in his pocket when a match was on.

Theere was palpabale tension in the ministry on Monday but no official or employee was willing to speak to journalists about the previous day’s incident.

The deputy minister did not attend office on Monday. The joint secretary’s room, too, was locked.

Minister of State Biren Shikdar rushed off to attend to another engagement after completing the ministerial meetings.

“Officials of the administrative cadre have complained to the prime minister against the deputy minister’s act of vandalism through senior secretaries,” said a senior sport ministry official on condition of anonymity.

He, however, declined to name the secretaries through whom the complaint had been lodged.

Sport Secretary Nur Mohammad told bdnews24.com on Monday the Cabinet secretary and the principal secretary to the prime minister had been informed.

“I cannot say anything more. But it is my responsibility to protect my officials. I will certainly take care of that.”

When contacted, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Abul Kalam Azad told he had heard of the ransacking of the chamber.

But he refused to comment when asked if the matter had been discussed with the prime minister.

Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told  though nothing had come in writing ‘officially’, Sheikh Hasina had been informed.

H was asked whether there had been any talks between the deputy minister and the affected official or any effort was being made to resolve the matter.

The sport secretary said: “I have had talks with the deputy minister.”

“The solution lies with us; there is a problem and it’s solution, too, let’s see…”

Mohammad admitted the joint secretaries had met him. They wanted proper work atmosphere and to professionally conduct ministerial work, he said.

About the joint secretary not attending office, the secretary said: “Look, who doesn’t feel bad if one lands in a situation like this after working for 27-28 years?”

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