DHAKA: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Minister Syed Abul Hossain at last resigned as minister on advice of the government high-ups Monday.
The former communications minister announced his resignation a day after Finance Minister AMA Muhith said the government could consider accepting the World Bank’s fourth condition to persuade the global lender to review its cancellation fund of the much-talked-about Padma Bridge.
The fourth condition of the World Bank was that the government has to send on leave public officials and Abul Hossain who were allegedly involved in corruption in the mega project.
The minister came up with the declaration to a private TV channel and he did not take part in the regular cabinet meeting in the morning.
Sources said Abul Hossain has already sent his resignation letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The World Bank alleged against his for corruption in much-talked-about Padma Bridge and cancelled its funding when the government did not take any action against him.
The government only transferred him to another ministry.
On June 30, the World Bank canceled a $1.2 billion credit for a Padma bridge project with immediate effect, saying it had “credible evidence” of a high-level corruption conspiracy among officials of Bangladesh government.
“In light of the inadequate response by the government of Bangladesh, the World Bank has decided to cancel its $1.2 billion credit in support of the Padma multipurpose bridge project, effective immediately,” the World Bank said in a statement.
The Washington-based development institution said it had provided evidence of corruption from two investigations into the Padma bridge project to Bangladesh’s prime minister and other senior government officials in an effort to press for action.
The 4-mile (6-km) bridge is meant to link the country’s underdeveloped south with the capital Dhaka and the main port of Chittagong.
BDST: 1630 HRS, JUL 23, 2012
Edited by: Abul Kalam Azad, Newsroom Editor/ M. Mahbub Alam, Asst Output Editor
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