Won't spare anyone in my fight against corruption: Bangladesh official

Mahbub Kabir Milan, Additional Secretary of Bangladesh's Railways Ministry has been made an Officer on Special Duty (OSD), said that he will "not spare anyone" in his fight against all forms of corruption in the country

Aug 07, 2020
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Mahbub Kabir Milan, Additional Secretary of Bangladesh's Railways Ministry has been made an Officer on Special Duty (OSD), said that he will "not spare anyone" in his fight against all forms of corruption in the country.

"I will not spare anyone. I am honest and only accountable to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the people of Bangladesh," Kabir told IANS in an exclusive interview on Friday.

"The country that is stained with the blood of millions of martyrs, we have to repay the debt by working honestly and combating all corruption."

Milan, an exceptional activist among government officials, has achieved the revolutionary goal in public affairs.

Always vocal against any anomaly, he has become a household name in Bangladesh as he has come up with initiatives to make the railways more passenger-friendly.

Milan recently placed a proposal to Hasina to form a wing consisting of 10 honest officials to eradicate corruption in all sectors of the country within three months.

"When I count the days, I have one and a half years of time on my hands. Every 1 hour I have to do a good deed for this country, my time is running out. I have now been made the OSD. I don't know if there will be a better time than this," he told IANS.

"The fraud of crores of taka through bkash has stopped. But, it was not my job; it is the job of the Ministry of Finance, the job of the Central Bank of Bangladesh."

bKash is a mobile financial service in the country operating under the authority of Bangladesh Bank as a subsidiary of BRAC Bank Limited.

This mobile money system started as a joint venture between BRAC Bank Limited Bangladesh and Money in Motion LLC, US. It was founded in 2011.

"If I can alone can stop such a big racket, then I can do 10,000 times more if I get 10 honest officers. I will go door-to-door to solve problems," he said.

On achieving his goal, Milan told IANS: "I closed the door of the room and worked alone, the chairman of my department doesn't know - the colleagues don't know. I find out the culprit myself alone. I wrote the letter myself in the upper levels of different ministry to take action against the specific companies like 'bkash'.

"Find out the culprits and solve the problem myself. All the big companies are now fine. Every company knows - this man (Mahbub Kabir) can't be convinced with misleading or offering anything."

"I wrote all letters with my signature and sent letters to the secretaries of various ministries. Every secretary knows me now. Everyone gladly received, took action.

He further said that everyone calls him "crazy" for breaking the norms.

"We have to work with integrity - we have to 'own' our duty and responsibility - My country, our children will get the benefit from this good work with commitment," he concluded.(IANS)