The engineer is accused of giving 26 out of 39 tenders to the same contractor in exchange of money

Engineer of Kurigram Department of Education and Engineering. Shahjahan Ali Photo-Collected

Complaints of irregularities and corruption have been made by the engineer of the Directorate of Education and Engineering in Kurigram. Against Shah Jahan Ali. Mandatory payment of 5% bribe before payment of final bill to his office, 1% extortion from sub-assistant engineers for distribution of area, abuse of power as an engineer by close relatives of Kushtia district M/s. Among the 39 tenders for the sale and supply of furniture to various contractors, 26 jobs were given to the nominated contractor for crores of rupees. He hastily transferred from Kurigram to Tangail district to hide himself from irregularities and corruption. The general contractors demanded an immediate investigation into various misdeeds and corruption.

The investigation revealed that the physical infrastructure work of 3 thousand schools, madrasas and vattical projects in Kurigram district is ongoing. Among them, 39 tenders were invited for the supply of furniture for 3,000 school projects in the district on July 29-22. Among them, Executive Engineer Shahjahan Ali gave 26 works to Roni, the owner of Messrs. Jahurul Haque Dulal Construction, the designated contractor of the engineer, in return for a bribe of Tk 1 crore. The remaining 13 works were awarded to two/three contractors. Although the contractors of 8 districts of Rangpur division have a rule to participate in the tender submission, Executive Engineer Shahjahan Ali gave the opportunity to submit the tender to only 5/6 contractors of Kurigram in a special manner for the purpose of obtaining incentives. The general contractors were furious over the awarding of 26 works in one name. When the engineer protested, the police harassed several contractors. Later, the general contractors complained to the District Commissioner.

According to general contractors, Kurigram Directorate of Education and Engineering Directorate Executive Engineer Shajahan Ali participated in tenders in the name of M/s Saikat Construction of Kushtia district in different upazilas of Lalmonirhat and Kurigram. Besides, engineer Shahjahan Ali used to hang out late into the night with some contractors including Roni, the owner of M/s Zahurul Haque Construction. So that general contractors don’t get a chance to meet him when needed. Anyone who says anything against an engineer is harassed by opportunistic syndicates and party cadres.

An employee of Kurigram Education Engineering, who did not want to be named, said that the accountant during each work bill. Executive Engineer Shahjahan Ali used to take 5% bribe through Afzal and office peon Noor Amin. In addition, he has assigned 4 upazilas to Sub-Assistant Engineer Tapan Kumar Saha and 4 upazilas to Bijan Kumar Roy in exchange of 1% increase. Deputy Assistant Engineer known as an honest officer in fear of being deprived of certain PCs. Rezaul gave Haque the responsibility of Roumari upazila only. Because he does not take bribes. There is pent-up anger among other staff in this incident.

The investigation also revealed that the executive engineer Shahjahan Ali has become the owner of crores of rupees through bribery and corruption. Already a clinic business in Rangpur, purchase of 2 flats in Dhaka city and a large amount of land in Sarishabari village house of Jamalpur. Executive engineer Shahjahan Ali was quickly transferred to Tangail district after allegations of bribery and corruption were raised. The general contractors demanded legal action against the executive engineer subject to investigation.

The owner of M/s Zahurul Haque Construction called the contractor Roni but he did not pick up the phone. The executive engineer of Kurigram Education Engineering tried to talk to the accused Shahjahan Ali several times on the phone, but he did not receive the call.

In this regard, Rangpur Divisional Supervising Engineer Tarek Anwar Zahedi of Directorate of Education and Engineering said that there is an opportunity to get 26 jobs in the name of a single contractor if that organization has the capacity to work. Tender process is carried out through two modes. They are LTM and OTM. Contractors from all over the country can participate in OTM and in LTM the engineer determines which district contractors will participate. The advantage in EGP tender process is that if someone has committed any kind of irregularities or corruption here, then there is no chance to get through. Because it can be identified even after ten years. He assured this reporter that he will look into the matter of irregularities.

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