Patuakhali river port official accused of embezzling government money

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Patuakhali River Port Officer. Mamun-or-Rashid has been accused of embezzling government revenue. Chairman of Bangladesh Inland Shipping Directorate and Deputy Director of Anti-Corruption Commission, Patuakhali, alleging to various departments, Md. of Chhotabaishdia village of Rangabali. Bacher Mia said in a written complaint that Baherchar Bazar Trawler Wharf, Charmontaz Trawler Wharf, Kazir Hawla without paltuns launch wharf and Naval Wharf of Rangabali Upazila under Patuakhali River Port were under the jurisdiction of three district administrations. But the Patuakhali river port officer applied from Mamun-or-Rashid Deputy Commissioner and brought it under Bangladesh Shipping Authority and is embezzling the government revenue collection money by leasing on monthly quotation without inviting lease tender as per the rules of the relevant department for the financial year 2023-2024. Among the 3 ghats, Baherchar Bazar Trawler Ghat in 2022, the potential lease price was Rs 7,19,400 + 25% VAT totaling Rs 8,99,250. Charmontaj trawler wharf and naval wharf potential lease price was Tk 9,49,300 + 25% VAT including Tk 11,39,160 and Kazir Hawla without paltun launch wharf and naval wharf potential lease price was Tk 1,12,200 + 25% VAT inclusive of Tk 1,15 ,005 Rs. In these 3 ghats, the total revenue including VAT was 21 lakh 53 thousand 415 taka.

Allegedly. Bacher Mia mentioned that if the 3 ghat points were leased for the financial year 2023 and 2024, the lease value would have been at least 30 lakh rupees.

A total of 7 wharfs including 3 wharfs were applied to the Chairman Bangladesh Inland Navigation Authority on 01.06.23. Also, after paying the lease of Bowali Speed ​​Board Ghat and Koraliya Sluice Gate Speedbird Ghat for the financial year 2022-2023, in January 2023, the lease of 2 Ghats was canceled and the monthly rate was Rs 1,25,000 and the lease was collected at Rs 2,50,000 for the 2 Ghats. In 6 months i.e. till June 30, 2023, a total of Tk 15 lakh has been collected. Patuakhali River Port Officer collected Rs 1,50,000 per month from Coralia launch ghat lessee, Rs 9 lakhs in 6 months from February to July, and Rs 9 lakhs from empty launch ghat lessees for the fiscal year without lease (2022-3023). At present Gahinkhali collects monthly rent of Tk 1,20,000 from the lessee of the launch ghat. If the ghats and points are investigated, the truth of the government revenue embezzlement of lakhs of rupees will be found. Bacher Mia mentioned. Bacher Mia, the complainant, said that river port officer Mamunur Rashid had embezzled lakhs of rupees by secretly giving quotations to the ghats.

In this regard, the river port officer said on mobile phone. Mamunur Rashid admitted that he had given the ghat to 3 quotations from the administration and said that he had applied to the higher authority for the lease through tender. Hopefully the tender will be given next month. Quotation collection money is deposited in the government treasury.

Deputy Director of ACC Patuakhali. Mamunur Rashid Chowdhury said, I am in a training in Dhaka. Heard of a complaint against the river port officer. I will come and see the matter.

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