ACC team vows to expose irregularities over purchasing below standard mosquito chemicals
This time, the ACC team determined to expose the vested quarters those are responsible to supply such below standard chemicals as such chemicals are mainly liable to raise the Dengue patients in this season significantly
Golam Mostafa: The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has started investigation against the vested quarters of two City Corporations to find out the corruptions, irregularities and mismanagement over purchasing of low-quality and contaminated mosquito chemicals at a higher price.
In this connection, a high ranking enforcement team of ACC led by its Director Mohammad Yusuf is conducting the investigation on the basis of a complaint received from hotline-106.
Sources said, this time, the ACC team determined to expose the vested quarters those are responsible to supply such below standard chemicals as such chemicals are mainly liable to raise the Dengue patients in this season significantly.
In the preliminary stage, ACC has come to know that the concerned officials of the both city corporations are involved to purchase such chemicals but they did not perform their professional responsibilities sincerely.
The tendency of negligence and faulty process in purchasing low-quality and contaminated chemicals are also found by the ACC team, said the sources. Because of low quality Dengue preventive chemicals, the authorities concerned completely failed to eliminate Anopheles, Aedes and Haemagogus mosquitoes especially in the capital.
Mohammad Yusuf, Director of ACC said, why they gathered such low-quality chemicals and who were involved with the activities, all will be brought to the book. Assistant Director of ACC Mamunur Rashid Chowdhury and Mahbubul Alam, who carried a primary investigation, found that, mosquito control department of the both city corporations did not carry their duties sincerely. They did not take effective steps to destroy the mosquito larvae commonly called “wigglers,” by forming necessary teams, though it was scheduled to do. Due to their huge apathy and use of contaminated chemicals, the breeding of mosquitoes was not reduced, whereas proportion of the suicidal mosquitoes has spread out everywhere in and outside of the city. There was a directive to bring adequate chemicals from abroad for terminating mosquitoes in the last four to five years. But, they misused the money in different strategies. They visited different countries with the money in the name of taking trainings.
In the beginning of this monsoon, dengue virus spread across the country in an epidemic form.
As per the government statistics, at least 59 persons including practitioners and police personnel died from dengue infection, while the non-government sources claimed that the death toll rose to around 150.
There is a complaint that, both the city corporations’ authorities did not pay heeds to change the low-quality of the mosquito chemicals even after being confirmed over its inactivity.
Senior officers of the both city corporations tried to hide the matter of using adulterated chemicals in 2018 as it was termed as a year of national election.
Health department warned the concerned officials of the city corporations saying that, the outbreak of dengue and chikungunya may be increased this year due to wide spread of mosquito breeding. But, they did not take necessary measure on this regard.
Suppliers of mosquito terminating chemicals grabbed huge amount of money through syndicate. Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) purchased mosquito terminating chemicals at a cost of Tk 14 crore in the 2018-2019 fiscal year, while Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) at Tk 17.39 crore.
International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, in a report on May 22 last year claimed that the chemicals supplied by the both city corporations were totally ineffective and contaminated.
DSCC purchased chemicals from a farm which have no registration. The farm supplied the low-quality chemicals in collaboration with Limit Agro and M/S Belal and Brothers Limited.
While contacted, Mosafizur Rahman, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of DSCC and Abdul Hye, CEO of DNCC said, they are yet to get any letter over investigation from ACC. If the organization want to investigate into the matter, all necessary assistants will be provided, they added.