4 BADC deputy directors suspended over illegal seed paddy storage


Four deputy directors of Bangladesh agriculture development corporation (BADC) in Jhenidah and Jashore were suspended for their alleged involvement in storage of 129 tons of hybrid paddy seeds at Jashore seed processing centre. 

Suspended officials are Gakulnagar seed expansion farm deputy director Tapan Kumar Saha, Karincha farm deputy director Indrojit Chandra Shil, Pathila farm deputy director Akteruzzaman Talukder in Jheniidah and Jashore seed processing centre deputy director Amin Ullah. 

The suspension letters signed by the BADC secretary Abdul Latif Mollah vide his memo- 12.06.0000.203.27.283.19.721/722/723 and 724 on Monday (September 9) were forwarded at the website of the office. The letter said the three deputy directors of Gakulnagar, Karincha and Pathila seed expansion farms to implement their unethical will, have sent 129.22 metric tones of hybrid SL8H variety of seeds for an amount of over Taka 3.00 crore to Jashore seed processing centre from their own farms during 2018-19 production season. 

The information was not put in their respective stock and cultivation registers to hide the seeds. Even they did not use any challan for the consignments. Their evil activities proved their negligence in duty, theft, defalcation of public money and cheating with the government of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh. 

The suspension letters said the said four deputy directors will be allowed to draw their maintenance allowances and will not be allowed to leave the headquarters without approval of the authorities.

Mention may be made that three deputy directors of Dattanagar seed expansion farms have sent 129.22 tones of hybrid SL8H variety of seeds for an amount of over Taka 3.00 crore to Jashore seed processing centre from their own farms during 2018-19 production season. However, they allegedly did not keep any record to defalcate the same.

They have been allegedly defalcating hundreds of tones of seed paddy for Taka several crores every year, a BADC source said.