The cabinet department is annoyed that the second government officials and employees of Tika, who have a population of 1.3 million, are involved in business on a large scale. Because, they are doing business without the approval of the government, which is a clear violation of the government employee (conduct) rules. Even after increasing the salaries and allowances, the government policy makers are worried about the involvement of government employees in business. Officials and employees are not paying attention to the rules and regulations in doing business. The Cabinet Division has written to all the Ministries and Departments to take necessary action against the officers and employees involved in the business.
Pradeep Ranjan Chakraborty, Secretary, Department of Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation (IMD), Ministry of Planning, confirmed receiving such a letter from the Cabinet Division.
He said necessary steps are being taken in this regard. The letter sent to various ministries said that some government officials and their family members were conducting various business activities without the approval of the government, which was a clear violation of the Civil Servants (Conduct) Rules, 1979. Article 16 of the rules states that no government employee may engage in any business other than government work without the approval of the government. Cannot accept any other job or work. Family members, ie wife and children, cannot do business.
We have called on all ministries and departments to take legal action against those involved in business. If action is not taken against those who are doing business without approval, it will not be right.
Sheikh Yusuf Harun, Secretary of Public Administration
However, a non-gazetted government employee can run a small business without the approval of his family members. In this case the concerned employee has to submit the details of the business along with the declaration of property.
When asked, Sheikh Yusuf Harun, senior secretary at the public administration ministry, told Prothom Alo that all officials and employees know that business cannot be done without the government’s approval. Even then they are not following the rules. Officers and employees forget about the law. Letters have been sent to all ministries and departments to remind them of the law.
The issue of government officials getting involved in business came to the fore during the coronavirus infection in the country last year. Registrar of the Cardiac Surgery Unit of the National Heart Institute. Sabrina Chowdhury was working as the chairman of a private organization called JKG. As a government employee, he was serving as the chairman of a private company without approval. Sharmin Jahan, an assistant registrar at Dhaka University, was a government employee but was involved in supplying masks. Not only these two, government employees are also getting involved in other businesses.
Article 16 of the rules states that no government employee may engage in any business other than government work without the approval of the government. Cannot accept any other job or work. Family members, ie wife and children, cannot do business.
To find out what kind of business government officials are involved in, the reporter talks to five officials with the rank of Additional Secretary to the Administration. They say the number of government officials joining the company as directors is increasing. From government positions, they are becoming partners of other organizations. Being an employee of the republic, they are becoming the owners without the approval of the government. Many people are buying cars and renting them out. Some are getting involved in land and flat trade. Again, many are becoming consultants of different organizations. Some of them are working for the government department from behind.
In this regard, Public Administration Secretary Sheikh Yusuf Harun said, “We have promised to take legal action against those involved in business in all ministries and departments.” If action is not taken against those who are doing business without approval, it will not be right. ‘
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Administration has not been able to take the initiative to take stock of the assets of government officials and employees in 2019. According to the Government Employees Code of Conduct, 1989, it is mandatory for every officer-employee to submit a statement of assets to the government. But despite the initiative of the Ministry of Public Administration, it did not work due to the obstruction of some officials.
When asked, former cabinet secretary Ali Imam Majumder told Prothom Alo that news of government officials doing business could not be heard before. It has been heard a lot lately. Officers should close the business. Those involved in the business should be punished. It is not acceptable for government officials to get involved in business. Because, on the one hand, it is a violation of the law, on the other hand, the conflict with the interests is uncertain