The NGO Affairs Bureau has suspended six projects of Mukti Cox’s Bazar, a local NGO, on charges of making and distributing weeding tools to Rohingyas.
“All the activities of Mukti Cox’s Bazar were suspended following the allegation. An investigation is underway,” Cox’s Bazar Deputy Commissioner Md Kamal Hosen told reporters yesterday.
A letter, signed by Sirajul Islam Khan, assignment officer of NGO Affairs Bureau, also said, “The ongoing projects of Mukti Cox’s Bazar has been suspended as they have distributed 6,000 weeding tools among Rohingyas without the consent of the NGO Affairs Bureau.”
The bureau also asked the NGO to explain its “controversial activities among the Rohingyas”.
UNB adds: Mukti Cox’s Bazar Branch Chief Executive Bimal Chandra Dey Sarker said they have already suspended the six projects and welcomed any sort of enquiry of the government.
“Currently we have 30 projects, of which six have been suspended. 135 of the 150 people who were working in those six projects were locals,” Sarker said.
Meanwhile Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen yesterday said action would be taken against NGOs operating in the Rohingya camps if they were found to be violating the terms and conditions of any project.