WASA Managing Director (MD) Taksim A Khan has gone to the United States for three months on leave. According to his leave order, the director (development) will be in charge of the MD at this time. However, Taksim A Khan did not hand over the responsibility to anyone. By issuing office orders himself, he has put himself in the plane with the responsibility of online MD.
Water crisis is occurring in different areas of the capital during the hot season. At this time, the officials of the company are raising questions about the long leave of WASA MD. Concerned individuals say that in such a holiday, someone is given the responsibility of conducting administrative activities or additional responsibilities. But Taksim A Khan did nothing.
According to an office order signed by WASA MD, he will be on leave from April 25 to July 24. If for any reason the leave cannot be taken at that time, the leave will be valid for the next three months from the date of departure. He is on leave to receive medical treatment and to reunite with his family in the United States. According to WASA’s public relations department, Taksim A Khan left for the United States on April 26.
According to the office order, Taksim A Khan will be the managing director of any policy and other matters while abroad. For this, he will maintain communication through e-documents, e-GP, e-mail, FaceTime, Viber, WhatsApp and video conferencing.
While Taksim A. Khan is in the United States, all department heads of the organization will perform their respective routine duties, the WASA office order said. Contact the MD directly in case of any need. To maintain the continuity of work, Dhaka WASA Director (Development) Abul Kashem will represent MD in various meetings and do routine work.
The WASA MD was ordered to leave on March 18 by the Ministry of Local Government. The order grants a three-month leave from March 20 to June 19 or the day of departure. It said the director (development) would perform routine duties during the MD’s leave. The ministry’s order does not mention Taksim A. Khan’s appointment as MD from the United States.
In this regard, Additional Secretary (Water Supply) of the Local Government Department Muhammad Ibrahim told Prothom Alo, “As per the order of the ministry, WASA Director (Development) Abul Kashem will be in charge of the MD.” We will contact Abul Kashem. ‘He said,’ I have not seen the office order issued by Taksim A Khan. It is his internal affair. Abul Kashem can consult and talk with Taksim A Khan on any issue. But Taksim A Khan will not be in charge. ‘
After being appointed in the first phase in 2009, Taksim A Khan did not have to resign. Despite being severely criticized for the quality of citizen service, he has been appointed as the MD of WASA in stages. For the sixth time, Taksim was approved to be appointed as WASA MD on October 1.
Former Additional Secretary to the Government Mohammad Firoz Mia is the author of several books on employment regulations. Feroz Mia was shown a copy of the leave order given to Taksim A Khan from the local government department and the WASA office order. Then Feroz Mia told Prothom Alo that according to WASA law, MD is a full-time officer of the company. If you go abroad for a long time, you should give full responsibility to someone else. Routine responsibilities can be given for a short period of time. Routine responsibilities are a lot like guarding, taking care, nothing more.
Feroz Mia said that Taksim A Khan could not touch any document in the leave order issued by the local government ministry. He said if one will perform routine duties, then who will perform administrative and financial responsibilities at this time? WASA MD cannot thus give himself responsibility in office orders. He will not be able to perform administrative and financial responsibilities while on leave.
The time difference between Bangladesh and the United States is 10 hours. For example, if the office starts at 9 am on Wednesday in Bangladesh, then in the United States at 11 pm on Tuesday. And at the end of the office at 5 pm in Bangladesh, it will be 8 am in the United States. As a result, Taksim A. Khan’s time lag in handling all WASA work from the United States is also a problem.
After being appointed in the first phase in 2009, Taksim A Khan did not have to resign. Despite facing severe criticism and controversy over the quality of citizen service, he has been appointed as the MD of WASA from time to time. For the sixth time, Taksim was approved to be appointed as WASA MD on October 1. Every time there were allegations of irregularities in his appointment.
According to the ministry’s order, WASA Director (Development) Abul Kashem will be in charge of the MD. We will be in touch with Abul Kashem.
Muhammad Ibrahim, Additional Secretary, Department of Local Government
It is learned that Taksim A Khan was in the United States on leave from June 11 to July 10, 2019. WASA MD did the same for the service. While in the United States, he conducted all activities, including signing documents. And for those who were given routine responsibilities, their work was limited to exchanging letters.
A question was sent to Taksim’s WhatsApp number to find out about his duties even during the holidays, but he did not answer. Director (Development) in charge of routine (Abul Kashem) was contacted on his mobile phone but did not pick up the phone.