The Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) has demanded the appointment of eligible, experienced and active people to the positions of managing directors (MD) in Dhaka and Chattogram Water Supply and Sewerage Authorities (Wasa).
It has urged the authorities concerned not to reappoint the 'controversial' current managing directors of the Wasa in the two cities.
The association said this in a press release today (September 20).
It also demanded a complete and impartial investigation into all the appointment and reappointment procedures of the organisations for the welfare of their beneficiaries.
The boards of the two state-run service provider organisations had recommended reappointing the current managing directors unethically, which was also a violation of the law, said the press release.
It was contrary to the responsibilities given to the Wasa boards, CAB said.
Though the government had appointed the board members to protect the interest of the organisations, they only worked to protect the interests of the managing directors, it added.
It also asked whether it was ethically right and logical to call a board meeting to reappoint the same person.
The 'questionable' appointments and reappointments to the positions of managing directors despite serious allegations of continuous failures in providing expected services by the organisations was a violation of the prime minister's zero tolerance policy against corruption, commented CAB.
In the statement, CAB said the appointments of the two managing directors in 2009 were controversial. Since then they had been serving for five consecutive terms, it said.
Though the ministry concerned gave a suggestion to be careful in the next appointments, they were reappointed sometimes by extending the age limit, sometimes using the recommendations of previous board meetings, ignoring the recommendations of recently held board meetings, and sometimes using connections with influential people without paying any heed to the opinions of Wasa boards, said CAB.