Adulterated food and other products have flooded the Jashore market during the holy month of Ramadan, but authorities are yet to take any active role due to lack of manpower.
Due to inadequate number of executive magistrates, the authorities are not being able to carry out mobile court drives to check the adulterated products.
Generally the administration conduct mobile court drives to reign the dishonest traders ahead of the month of Ramadan. But this year, mobile court drives are being barely conducted in the district town.
Mentionable, as per a recent High Court order, 52 adulterated goods of 18 brands are supposed to be removed from the market. But due to the crisis of executive magistrates, the district administration is not being able to carry out the court order, thus failing to prevent the harassment of ordinary buyers.
Like every year, a vested group of syndicated corrupt businessmen are dealing with adulterated products and carrying out price hike in the district even before the advent of Ramadan. But no mobile court operation was conducted to stop the irregularities.
Sources said this year the crisis took an alarming shape as more than half of the assistant commissioners and executive magistrates of the district are on leave for training.
Abdul Awal, Deputy Commissioner of Jashore, said that though people are facing some problems as the assistant commissioners and executive magistrates of the district administration are on leave together to attend training.
Notable, at least 20 assistant commissioners and executive magistrates are working in Jashore district administration. Among them, Kazi Najib Hassan and Farzana Jannat are not in service as they were sent to take part in the training of law and administration course.
Besides, Assistant Commissioner and Executive Magistrate Hafizul Haque, Kazi Atiqur Rahman, Kausar Hamid, Abu Raihan, Tahmidul Islam, Anjuman Sultana, Mahmudul Hasan, Krishna Chandra and KM Mamunur Rashid were sent to take part in basic training.
DC Abdul Awal also admitted the issue at a workshop in the district Family Planning office on Monday.
At that time he was asked about the problem and he said that more than half of the executive magistrates are under basic training so there is a problem to carry out administrative drives properly.
He said, “That’s why illegal establishments from the banks of Bhairab River cannot be removed now. But now the joint survey work is in progress. The eviction drive will begin soon.”
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