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20 October, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Rooppur power plant scandal

Engineers not solely responsible: IEB

STAFF REPORTER, DHAKA
Engineers not solely
responsible: IEB

Md Abdus Sabur, president of the Engineers Institution Bangladesh (IEB), yesterday said engineers as well as the ministry concerned cannot shirk their responsibilities from incidents like the pillow scandal at Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant. The pillow scandal has not just sullied the reputation of engineers, it has also besmirched the image of the ministry concerned, he added. Sabur was speaking at a roundtable discussion titled “Current Govt. Procurement Scenario: Bangladesh perspective” at the IEB’s council hall in the capital.

The IEB president said the ministry concerned and engineers must keep a strict vigil to avert such incidents in future. “Such incidents have tarnished the image of the government. We should take immediate steps in such scandals take place in future,” he added. Sabur also said the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) did not make any statement after the pillow incident and did not even come clean on the matter. He urged engineers to give as much time as a project needs and urged them to complete development projects within the stipulated time. “Our engineers are working on the country’s mega projects. But they need to be more skilled,” he said.   

The IEB’s Civil Engineering Division organised the discussion. Md Habibur Rahman, chairman of the Civil Engineer Division, presided over the discussion. Md Narul Khuda, chairman of CIPS Bangladesh, Md Jasim Uddin, project director of LGED, and Gulam Eazdani, procurement specialist of World Bank, spoke on the occasion.

Also yesterday, planning minister MA Mannan said: “We can’t accept any stigma like the pillow scandal. People are supposed to get the money allocated for different development sectors. We want to use the allocated money appropriately.” He made the comment after the inauguration of Sylhet Central Truck Station in Sylhet yesterday. The minister also said Prime Minister Sheikh  Hasina has declared a zero-tolerance policy against corruption and financial irregularities.

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