Authorities asked to launch probe
A parliamentary body yesterday formed a five-member sub-committee headed by lawmaker Ekabbar Hossain to monitor spending of climate change trust funds.
The parliamentary standing committee on forest and environment ministry also asked the authorities concerned to launch investigation into felling of trees at Madhupur Sal Forest, which was reported in several newspapers, including The Daily Star.
It also asked the authorities to take stern action against the persons responsible.
Besides, the committee asked the ministry to give permission for scrapping only to those ship that have necessary documents and pre-cleaning certificates.
“The five-member sub-committee will monitor the activities of government and private organisations who will receive money from the climate change trust fund,” Abdul Momin Talukdar, chief of the committee, told reporters after a meeting of the committee at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban.
On media reports on felling of trees, Abdul Momin, also a BNP lawmaker, said the ministry officials claimed that the reports were exaggerated.
“But we have asked the officials to investigate the incidents of felling of trees and take action accordingly,” he added.
On May 17, The Daily Star published a report on felling of trees at the Sal forest in Aronkhola union of Madhupur upazila.
On ship-breaking activities, Saber Hossain Chowdhury, a member of the committee, said “We have asked the authorities concerned not to give permission to scrap any ship without ensuring that the ship is not harmful to environment.
He also said the committee also asked the housing and public works ministry to consult with the environment ministry before finalising the detailed area plan of Dhaka city.