Irregularities alleged in Bangladesh Journalist Welfare Trust grants in Kishoreganj

Published : 06 Jul 2022 07:59 PM

There have been allegations of irregularities in Kishoreganj with welfare grants and financial assistance from the Bangladesh Journalists Welfare Trust. It is known that 90 percent of the beneficiaries of welfare grants and financial assistance are from the rich class. Questions have also been raised about how Bangladesh reached the Journalist Welfare Trust without scrutinizing the issues mentioned in the application. After publishing the list of beneficiaries of welfare grants and financial assistance on the official Facebook page of Bangladesh Journalist Welfare Trust, Sachetanmahal is throwing questions from their Facebook IDs.

Rumors have been circulating in Kishoreganj since the list of beneficiaries and financial aid recipients of the Bangladesh Journalist Welfare Trust was published on social media Facebook. Subir Basak, District Correspondent of Daily Ittefaq, commented on a post on Ali Reza Sumon's Facebook ID. Illness can happen to anyone at any time, he writes. I didn't know before that so many of our colleagues were sick. Sorry about that. I wish everyone a speedy recovery. Nischar General Secretary Md. Shafiq Kabir writes, the most ill, who made the list. Let him also be given an allotment. And may Allah heal all the sick, Amen.

Rezaul Habib Reza, President of the Kishoreganj District branch of the Committee for the Protection of Witnesses in War Criminal Cases, said, "I just got the government grant this time." I do not want those who are anti-independence successors to take advantage of such opportunities. And those who do not fall under the purview of journalists. It is unacceptable for them to take advantage of such opportunities. There are many journalists who are active in writing and have financial problems. These journalists need financial support from KalyanTrust.

Kishoreganj Television Journalists Forum President Sohail Chowdhury said it was a kind of fraud for healthy people to take government money pretending to be sick.

Kishoreganj District Reporters Association President Ali Reza Sumon said it was a kind of corruption for district-level journalists not to check the money of the Bangladesh Journalists' Welfare Trust. It is very important to exclude such journalists from the selection committee. I hope the deputy commissioner will make the right decision in this regard.

Senior journalist Saifuddin Ahmed Lenin said, "It is surprising that so many journalists are sick at the same time." If someone is sick, at least he has a status on Facebook. Why privacy in this case? Who gave them a certificate as a patient, and how did they get help based on such a certificate without verification?

Sonak President and Staff Reporter The Daily Samakal Saiful Haque Mollah Dulu said, "Journalists are the mirror of society. Journalists will live by ethics. If they do that, it is shameful and sad for journalists. I doubt if they are real journalists."

Kishoreganj Press Club Convener ABM Lutfar Rashid Rana said it was unfortunate that those who were active but indigent and received financial assistance for treatment. This deprived the truly indigent and financially weak honest journalists.

According to an unconfirmed source, some journalists have sent their application to the Bangladesh Journalists Welfare Trust at the Deputy Commissioner's residence.

When he contacted Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Shamim Alam on his mobile phone to talk about the matter, he did not receive the call.