Mosaddique dismissed, Jamil appointed Acting MD of Biman

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Dhaka : The national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines discharged A M Mosaddique Ahmed, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer from his duties. The decision was taken at a Board meeting held on April 30.

The Board appointed Captain Farhat Hassan Jamil, Director-Flight Operations, as the Acting Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Biman with immediate effect.

Mosaddique Ahmed was 'forced' to step down before his term was complete for being accused of irregularities in the recruitment of pilots last year. He is also said to have resorted to corruption at the overseas stations, Md Mohibul Haque, Secretary for Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry said.

Biman incurred losses last year for which the ministry considers inefficient management as well as rampant corruption responsible.

The Anti-Corruption Commission sent a report to the State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism identifying eight sectors of Biman which were plagued by corruption. The sectors include aircraft purchase, leasing and maintenance, cargo and ticket sales.

Former and present senior officials stressed the need to stop corruption and ensure exemplary punishment for the dishonest employees of the airline.

"We have issued a circular for new recruitment," Md Mahbub Ali, State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism said. Biman sources said around 100 candidates have applied for the position of Managing Director.

The State Minister added, "We're trying our best to ensure good management and governance."

The Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry and ACC have recently formed several inquiry committees to probe into Biman's corruption.

Ashraful Alam, Director in charge of the Sales and Marketing department was made OSD (officer-on-special duty) and attached to the Managing Director's office. He was accused of blocking tickets on behalf of several travel agencies. The matter is being probed.

Shafiqul Islam was the Country Manager of Biman in UK for four years when he allegedly had misappropriated BDT 160 million in ticket sales.

ACC sources said there was a list of 147 names from Biman regarding misuse of power, corruption and irregularities involving recruitment. The commission also issued a travel ban on ten persons including the immediate past MD Mosaddique and certain CBA leaders.

"We have started identifying the various instances of corruption," State Minister said. The ministry would not tolerate anyone's action harming Biman in anyway, he said, adding, "Stern action will be taken."

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