Officials and employees of Islamic Foundation Bangladesh (IFB) staged a sit-in and work abstention programme yesterday demanding resignation of its Director General Shamim Mohammad Afzal.
The officials and employees in Dhaka, Chhatogram, and Khulna have been continuing their movement since Tuesday, bringing 35 different allegations including corruption, nepotism and misuse of power against the DG, they said.
Islamic Foundation is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Religious Affairs.
The tension arose after the ministry issued a show cause notice against the DG, said an IFB official.
Ministry of Religious Affairs on June 10 issued the show cause notice, asking why his [the DG] contractual appointment should not be canceled due to different allegations brought against him like corruption and misuse of power, they said.
“We will not stop our movement until our demand of the DG’s resignation is met,” said Abu Bakar Siddique, deputy director (finance and budget) of IBF.
He added that due to Shamim’s unilateral decision-making, the organisation’s chain of command has already been broken.
Abu Bakar said the DG was involved in several irregularities and corruption during appointment and promotion of employees. The sit-in programme continued from 9am till 5pm, he said.
The DG could not be contacted for comments despite multiple phone calls from this correspondent.