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16 January, 2019 12:38:26 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 16 January, 2019 11:02:11 AM
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RAB, CAAB at odds over rent

Deepak Acharjee, Dhaka
RAB, CAAB at odds over rent

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) have been embroiled in a dispute over the hike in rent of the elite force’s headquarters building at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for the past five years, according to CAAB sources. CAAB, which is the owner of the building, has asked the RAB authorities to pay Tk 17.26 crore as dues in rent as soon as possible. On the other hand, the RAB authorities have refused to pay the amount without getting intimation in this regard from the home ministry. They contended that CAAB had increased the rent of the building without discussion with the elite force, the sources added.

In this context, RAB director (admin and finance) Lt. Col. Md Shariful Islam has written to the police headquarters to settle the issue through the authorities concerned.

Following this, Assistant Inspector General of Police (land and estate) Md Hasanuzzaman has forwarded the letter to the home ministry, requesting it to settle the issue by holding an inter-ministerial meeting soon.

In the letter, the police headquarters said RAB had rented a three-storey building and open space of 74,020.83 square feet of the cargo building of CAAB at a monthly rent of Tk 6,84,217 for conducting administrative work of the elite force. CAAB and RAB had signed an agreement in this regard in 2004.

“After end of the tenure of the rental agreement on December 31, 2013, the RAB authorities had written to the CAAB authorities to renew the agreement. But, without discussion with RAB, CAAB had increased the rent to Tk 25,09,343.95 from Tk 6,84,217 at its 189th board meeting,” the letter said. “After increasing the rent, CAAB had asked RAB to pay the dues in rent,” it added.

The letter further stated: “The RAB authorities, after receiving the letter from CAAB, informed that the rent was too high than the amount fixed by the works department and requested to settle the issue. However, CAAB again asked RAB to pay the higher rent.”

“The RAB authorities have to pay Tk 172,693,064 till June 30, 2018 as per the increased rent by CAAB and the dues would increase if it was not paid. And that’s why the issue could be resolved through holding an inter-ministerial meeting,” the letter advised. When contacted, RAB director Shariful said that they have forwarded a letter to the police headquarters for taking necessary steps in this regard.

“After getting a decision on the matter, we will take necessary steps in this issue,” he said.

Shariful further said that CAAB should not have increased the rent without consultation with the RAB authorities. But, director (finance) of CAAB Mohammad Moazzem Hossain maintained that they have increased the rent as per the rules of their organisation. “We don’t run our organisation by following the rules of other’s organisations,” he said. “The RAB authorities are yet to pay their rental dues till date,” he added.

“RAB and CAAB are both government organisations and the issue should be resolved soon,” Hossain said.

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