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80 officials promoted to addl secretaries

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The government on Monday promoted 80 joint secretaries, mostly from the 1984 batch of BCS administration cadre, to the rank of additional secretary although there were no vacancies in the organogram.
The public administration ministry issued a gazette notification on the promotion a day after the new cabinet of Sheikh Hasina took over.
Around 100 officials have allegedly been deprived of the promotion this time.
Among the newly promoted officials, four are from 1982 batch of the Bangladesh Civil Service, six from the ’82 special batch while the rest are from the ’84 batch, a senior official confirmed. 
In another order, economic relations division secretary Abul Kalam Azad has been made secretary to the prime minister’s office.
It was alleged that a section of officials loyal to the ruling Awami League had created pressure for giving more promotions towards the end of the government’s tenure, according to officials.
‘Those eligible have been promoted to the additional secretaries. Most of them were recruited in 1984,’ senior secretary to the public administration ministry Abdus Sobhan Sikder told New Age.
He said another round of promotion to the deputy secretary level was also in the process.
The Superior Selection Board in November finalised the list of joint secretaries for the promotion.   
The secretary agreed that the promotions were given recently beyond the formal structure in bureaucracy, in many cases on ‘humanitarian ground’, not in political considerations.
There are already 227 additional secretaries against 120 posts approved in the organogram. All the new additional secretaries have been made OSDs.
In a separate order, implementation, monitoring and evaluation division secretary Mohamamd Mejbauddin has been transferred to the ERD as secretary, Privatisation Commission member Suraiya Begum has been sent to the IMED as secretary and officer on special duty (secretary) Mohammad Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan has been posted to the Privatisation Commission as member.
Mosharraf, former secretary of the bridges division, who was accused in Padma Bridge graft case, was suspended last year but later the suspension order was withdrawn.

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