SANGSAD BHABAN, Jan. 30 (UNB): Opposition Chief Whip Abdus Shahid and lawmaker AKM Jahangir Monday opposed the enhancement of salary and allowances of the PSC chairman and members during a parliamentary standing committee meeting on the Establishment Ministry in the city.
The proposal for enhancing the salary and allowances was made in the Member of the Bangladesh Public Service Commission (Terms and Condition of Service) (Amendment) Bill, now under the scrutiny of the standing committee.
In a note of dissent, the two Awami League MPs charged the present PSC chairman and the members for leaking question papers of BCS exams for allowing the candidates of the alliance government to pass the competitive exams.
They alleged the amendments were brought in the bill to provide additional facilities for the PSC so that the 4-party alliance government could appoint inefficient and non-meritorious candidates in a bid to use the administration illegally.
The AL members further alleged one PSC member Mahfuzur Rahman had declared his intention to contest in the next election in his district.
Moreover, they said, PSC Chairman Tahmida Begum after taking oath of office met the Prime Minister and sought guidelines from her to run the PSC.
The opposition members said there is no tradition of seeking guidelines by holding a constitutional post. The PSC chairman had violated the existing traditions and rules by seeking the PM's guidelines and turned the PSC into a party institution, they said, adding this showed she is a partisan person.
They also said members of parliament cannot be used as pawns to increase their salary and allowances since the PSC is constituted with such partisan people. If any one wishes to do politics, he or she could do it after quitting the neutral constitutional post. The AL lawmakers said the question of enhancing salary and allowances could be considered when the PSC would be constituted with neutral and honest personalities.