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20 November, 2017 12:23:36 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 20 November, 2017 11:13:49 AM
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Manpower crunch leaves land management in disarray

ANISUR RAHMAN KHAN
Manpower crunch leaves land management in disarray

The land ministry is facing severe difficulties in managing land management activities due to acute manpower shortage. As many as 4,250 posts of Class-I to Class-IV officers and employees among the total 7,632 positions in land management have remained vacant for a long time. Of the vacancies, 151 posts are of Class-I officers, 484 of Class-II officers and 3,615 of Class-III and Class-IV employees, land ministry sources said.

Seizing this opportunity, local influentials have grabbed public properties and land, thereby depriving the government of large amounts of revenue, the sources told this correspondent. It is alleged that the public administration ministry is not giving its clearance to fulfil the vacancies. It is taking time in the name of conducting "repeated queries" about the land ministry’s proposal regarding the filling up of the vacancies, the sources said. When contacted, land ministry secretary Md Abdul Jalil told this correspondent that the ministry is facing serious problems in discharging regular work because of the manpower crunch. People are not getting proper services from the authorities concerned due to the same reason, he said.

“We've sent several proposals to the

public administration ministry, but it's yet to clear the proposals. At the same time, a large number of cases have been lodged against the recruitment process. Thus, we're unable to fill up the vacant posts by recruiting adequate manpower,” he added. He, however, said that they are expecting the public administration ministry to immediately clear the proposals sent

to it. According to sources, around 56 per cent of the approved posts have been lying vacant for years, and the authorities are discharging land management activities with only 44 per cent of the total capacity of the ministry. In this situation, a section of unscrupulous land managers are taking money from the people to speed up land-related work, the sources said. Allegations of taking illegal benefits are also being raised against some land management officials, they added. The Anti Corruption Commission has also identified the land management authority and its officials as the most corrupt.

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