Tk 1b corruption in civil aviation project; Director suspended

Chowdhury Akbor Hossain
Published : 00:30, Nov 16, 2019 | Updated : 00:30, Nov 16, 2019

A general view of Cox’s Bazar AirportThe ministry of civil aviation and tourism has suspended an official in a case of corruption recently.
In acquiring land for Cox’s Bazar airport development, the government had incurred a loss of Tk 1 billion. Corruption was reported in the construction of walls for the airport and the acquisition process.
The involvement of an executive engineer of Civil Aviation, Md Aminul Hasib, in the corruption had been alleged. Md Hasib is also the project director and has been suspended.
On Mar 3 this year, Anti Corruption Commissioner Dr Md Mozammel Khan made a report on the issue to state minister for civil aviation and tourism, Md Mahbub Ali. The report mentioned 11 and 8 types of corruption in Civil Aviation and Biman respectively.
The ACC gave 11 recommendations to the Ministry. The report stated that corruption was found in maintenance, purchase, asset management, development work, the appointment of advisers, promotion, transfer, billboard rent etc.
The ministry studied the report, as Biman secretary Mohibul Huq held several meetings to identify areas of corruption.
This was followed by a departmental case, accusing Md Hasib of ineptitude, embezzlement, corruption and negligence to duty.
Hasib reportedly colluded with several dishonest officials of the local land office and Cox’s Bazar district administration to embezzle funds.
Civil aviation secretary Md Mohibul Huq said: “As ordered by the pm, a drive against corruption is currently on and an additional secretary submitted a report on corruption allegations. Necessary steps were taken by the Aviation authority.”