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CWASA runs sans legal Consumers' representative

Consumers' sufferings mount, probe body formed

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Chattogram Bureau :
There is a provision of incorporating Consumers' Representative in Board of Directors of Chattogram Water & Sewerage Authority (CWASA) since 2012  to look after the interests of the CWASA consumers in the port city.
 A govt nominated  board member designated as Consumers Representative  is assigned  in Board of Directors among other members.  The Board consists of one Chairman and 12 members.  There was a provision for one Consumers' Representative in Board but the tenure of CR expired four years ago. With advantage of  nomination of new CR, the immediate past   CR conducting the affairs of consumers  defying the existing provisions reasons best known to CWASA .
It is learnt from different sources  that  the image and reputations of CWASA  is going to be undermined following the  existence of  time bared member in the Board. . Mentionable that CWASA Board constituted in 2012 with one Chairman and 12  members coopted from different agencies including from consumers and media  side.  
Among  12 Board members, incumbent Managing Director will remain as Board member. In first Board of Directors, political personality   Md. Solaiman Alam Seth nominated  as CR in 2012 for 3 yrs term  and hence his nomination  became void in 2015.
After   expiry of nomination  tenure of Solaiman Alam Seth , CWASA Authority sent a DO letter to the concerned Ministry  proposing three names for nomination of CR including name of  Solaiman Alam Seth   for next tenure  . But the ministry not yet consented any name from the proposed names for CR as yet.
Again after  passing of another  term of 3 yrs since 2015 , CWASA did not  sent  any list  for next term   in 2018. With the advantage of  new nomination for CR,    Solaiman Alam Seth is enjoying facilities from CWASA   violating  provisions of CWASA Board rules.
When  asked Solaiman Alam Seth said he was not excluded from CWASA Board by the  concerned ministry as yet and he is  ready to quit the post of CR  if so desired by higher authority.
  Solaiman Seth declined  the allegations so came in media   and blamed a  vested quarters  conspiring against him , he added while contacted .  Very recently a Consumers  meet   was arranged  at a city's 5-star hotel  where a very few consumers attended other than CWASA officials  , CWASA  contractors   .
In that  consumers rally, Solaiman Alam Seth  was also absent in it .
 When asked  CWASA Managing Director Engr. AKM Fazlullah  said  CWASA authority has no power of nominating  the CR  rather Ministry's decision is absolute in that matter. He also said  until the new members is nominated by the concerned ministry, the previous one  will hold the portfolio.
He further apprised that soon after expiry of tenure of CR ,authority immediately sent letter to ministry proposing three names which  still  hanging in the ministry.
Vice Chairman of CAB, Chattogram chapter SM Nazer Hossain told this correspondent that    no   legality of Solaiman Alam Seth as a CR  because his tenure expired  four years ago. Despite his expiry as CR,  Solaiman Alam Seth is presiding the important meetings  of Consumers beyond  provision.
Nazer Hossain also said CR should be nominated from  the consumers   and  the consumers can realise the sufferings of the consumers  other than politicians.
CAB leader further  demanded to nominate  members in govt service oriented agencies  from  CAB  rather  political  personalities or bureaucrats.
Meanwhile  in  the 51st board meeting of CWASA  held b on  May 25 last , a 3-members  probe committee  is formed  to  investigate the consumers' harassment, scarcity of water   and  system loss of CWASA  and asked the committee to submit report before the next general meeting .
As per agenda of the meeting, the matter of  expiry of the tenure of Solaiman Alam Seth  as CR   presented  in the  discussion  table  of the meeting.
 During discussion  on the matter, Solaim Alam Seth being  excited and agitated  uttered  objectionable comments with aggressive mood  against few  Board members including Media representative Mohsin Kazi of CUJ   in the meet .  Solaiman Alam Seth  became excited after    media reports placed before the discussions . He uttered  that those who speak against him have no pure blood and their family status is very poor. He further said that govt. appointed him seeing  high family status. While asked CWASA  Managing Director admitted that   the  altercations    with   the media  member  occurred  at CWASA meeting   . CWASA chairman  Prof Engr. Nazrul Islam  tried to calm Solaiman Seth from  excitement  and compelled to change the  agenda  of the meeting, a sources on condition of anonymity said.
 Following the ill behave  with the   senior journalist leader  of CUJ and BFUJ  Mohsin Kazi,  Chattogram Union of Journalists condemned  and protested the harassment instantly . In an instant  statement of CUJ  duly signed by Acting Presdent and the  General secretary  said  when the matter of consumers interests  in CWASA  came in the discussions through presenting media reports on consumer's harassment and  ghost water bills  and  indiscriminate road cutting led to public miseries  by the media representative , Solaiman Alam Seth became agitated with the journo in  harsh  languages , the press statement added.
The altercations with journos and misbehave was also published in different medias  including a  online portal of Dhaka on May 28 last. Chattogram Union of Journalists called upon the concerned ministry and the Prime Minister to intervene the matter aimed at nominating  a practical and competent CR  immediately  to turn the CWASA as an accountable services oriented body for the better interest of the consumers.  Press statement  of CUJ was told that Prime Minister  has allocated budget for Tk.13000 crores to CWASA for uninterrupted  supply of pure drinking water in the port  city  whereas  a vested quarter is conspiring  to jeopardize the govt's development  mission  aimed at undermining the growing  image of the present  democratic govt  led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,  conscious circles observed. 

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