Despite allegations of corruption after some houses given to homeless people as gifts to the Prime Minister collapsed in Bangladesh a few months ago, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says some people have smashed them with hammer and sickle and spread them in the media.
Referring to an investigation report, Sheikh Hasina said at a meeting of the Awami League in Dhaka on Thursday that a list of those who had demolished the houses had been compiled.
Discussions are going on among the observers about the message of the Prime Minister’s speech.
One observer says the government’s sensitivity is that if there is such sabotage in a project, the perpetrators should be brought to justice.
About 1.5 lakh homeless families have been given houses so far under the Asrayan project on the centenary of the birth of the founding President of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
‘House is broken with hammer and sickle’
At the beginning of the monsoon, some houses given to the homeless in some districts of the country collapsed and many houses cracked.
Then the question arose about the quality of construction of these houses for the homeless across the country. Allegations of irregularities and corruption.
The Prime Minister’s Office has sent a team across the country to investigate.
Now Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that DC-UNO and all the staff across the country were sincere in building these houses. But he mentioned that some people broke the house with hammer and sickle.
“Some people in three hundred houses go by themselves and break them with hammer and shovel and then take pictures of them in the media,” the Prime Minister said.
Referring to the investigation, he said that the names of all those who broke down have been revealed in the investigation.
“I have built a house for the poor. The only thing they can do is look at the pictures.”
The Prime Minister also spoke about the issue of publishing news of house demolition in the media.
“The most surprising thing is that the media, who contain these, promote them, but that’s not how it happened,” he said.
At the same time, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, “When it rained heavily, some houses were destroyed due to landslides. And only nine places where some allegations of corruption have been found.”
“But I saw that everyone worked with sincerity,” he said.
What is the new challenge of sabotage information in sensitive projects?
The government has taken a project to provide land and houses to about nine crore families of landless and homeless people across the country.
So far 1.5 lakh families have been given houses.
The project was hailed by the government as a gift from the Prime Minister in the centenary of Mujib.
Discussions are going on among observers or analysts about the Prime Minister’s statement. Many of them think that in many cases, bureaucrats are accused of irregularities or corruption in the construction of houses for the homeless. Now they have the question of whether it will all be suppressed.
Iftekharuzzaman, executive director of the anti-corruption body TIB, said the government’s sensitive and important project should be brought to justice if a house was demolished.
“The statement made by the Prime Minister is very important because it is a very important and sensitive project of the government,” he said.
“The Prime Minister said that the results of the investigation into the demolition of houses in this project have come out – people will want to assume that it has happened.”
“In that case, there is another challenge for the government. The challenge is to hold accountable those who deliberately destroyed these houses with hammer and sickle,” Iftekharuzzaman said.
However, he said that in order to ensure accountability, it is necessary to keep an eye on it so that it is not misused.
‘As much as there is talk of corruption, there should be justice’
A few months ago, when houses collapsed or cracked in various places, the government was asked to look into allegations of irregularities and corruption.
Several officers were removed from office and OSDed.
However, the Prime Minister’s statement said that the investigation has found allegations of corruption in only nine places.
Sultana Kamal, a human rights activist, said that as much as there was talk of irregularities or corruption, there should be justice.
“The information we have now, if it is true, is a relief in one sense. Because the allegations of widespread corruption are not true,” he said.
“As much as there has been corruption, there will be justice. And we hope that the issue of corruption will be brought to justice,” he added.