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12:00 AM, October 08, 2010 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, October 08, 2010

Recruitment Anomalies in Health Dept

Case, complaints against CS follow heartbreak


Recruitment test admit card of a candidate for a post of an attendant at Pabna Civil Surgeon's Office bears recommendations from two ministers and a state minister. The jobseeker alleged that she nonetheless had to bribe the civil surgeon Tk 2 lakh, and yet could not secure the job.Photo: STAR

A Pabna court issued a show cause notice to the district's civil surgeon yesterday after a jobseeker filed a case against the official for violating the freedom fighters' family quota in hiring office staff.
Another jobseeker filed a complaint against the same civil surgeon the same day accusing him of taking a bribe of Tk 2 lakh from her, promising a job.
Md Mojibar Rahman, son of freedom fighter Golam Sarwar of village Sholonga of Santhia upazila, who applied for a post of an office assistant and typist, filed the case with the Assistant Judge's Court of Pabna against Civil Surgeon Dr AK Ashrafuzzaman for not giving him the job.
"I am a freedom fighter's son and applied for the post under the freedom fighters' family members' quota. There was no other candidate for the post under the quota. According to the rule, I have the right to get the job. But the civil surgeon selected candidates violating the quota in exchange for illegal profit," Mojibar claimed in the case document.
Assistant Judge Md Rafiqul Islam issued the show cause notice to the civil surgeon, asking him to give an explanation within 15 days.
In the other complaint submitted to Pabna Sadar Police Station, Rehana Pervin Minoti alleged that the same civil surgeon took Tk 2 lakh bribe from her in exchange for a promise to give her a job in his office, although she had recommendations from two ministers, and a state minister. And yet she was not given the job.
Rehana claimed that on her admit card for the recruitment test, Planning Minister AK Khandaker, Health Minister Dr AFM Ruhal Haque, and State Minister for Home Shamsul Haque Tuku recommended for giving her the job, but the civil surgeon asked for Tk 3 lakh.
Rehana paid him Tk 2 lakh on September 8, and took the test on September 13, but she was not selected, she said in the complaint.
She however could not be reached as her mobile phone was found switched off.
Despite repeated efforts last night, the supposedly recommending ministers and the state minister also could not be reached for comments.
The health minister is currently on a foreign trip while the state minister for home could not be reached over the phone. A family member of the planning minister said over the phone that he was taking rest at home.
Officer-in-charge of Pabna Sadar Police Station Md Ismail Hossain said he got Rehana's complaint yesterday, but she herself did not go to the station, rather someone on her behalf submitted the complaint. "Then I asked an officer to investigate the matter," he added.
Sub-inspector Md Masum Billah of the police station said they were trying to reach the complainant before starting the probe.
Dr AK Ashrafuzzaman also did not pick up the phone despite repeated attempts to reach him. After a long leave, the civil surgeon joined the office on Wednesday, but left again yesterday. Deputy Civil Surgeon Dr Dipak Kumar declined to comment on the matter.
Our Jhenidah correspondent adds, a jobseeker son of a freedom fighter there filed a case with a court on Tuesday against 12 persons including the district's civil surgeon, Dr Sheikh Keramot Ali, for flouting the freedom fighters' family quota in hiring office staff.
Two other government officials and nine newly appointed staff were also implicated in the case.
The petitioner, Litu Biswas, mentioned that the new appointments are illegal, as freedom fighters' family quota was not adhered to during recruitment. The court issued a show cause notice to the concerned, asking for replies within three days.
Advocate Akbar Ali, a lawyer of the petitioner also a freedom fighter's son, said the office of district civil surgeon, through an advertisement, invited applications for 41 class III and class IV positions including the nine newly filled ones that were disputed in the case.

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