The Prime Minister has allocated Tk. 25 crore for the officers and employees of the municipality.Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has approved an allocation of Tk. 25 crore in the morning to pay salaries and allowances to municipal officers and employees across the country. The Prime Minister Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said that Sheikh Hasina made the allocation from her relief and welfare fund this morning.
About 12,000 permanent officers and employees of 328 municipalities recruited through outsourcing and their 20,000 cleaning workers will be brought under this facility. Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, public holidays have been going on in public and private organizations since March 26.
Despite limited resources, these municipalities continue to provide various services to the people in the face of various challenges of the Covid-19 epidemic. In addition, they are working to prevent the spread of the corona virus as well as to control the risk of dengue.
It is learned that the salaries and allowances of most of the municipal employees were suspended due to unsatisfactory collection of revenue by the authorities. In addition, due to the epidemic, holding taxes, trade licenses, market leases and shop rents have been closed for about two months.
Municipal authorities are now having difficulty paying salaries and allowances to their staff as their costs have risen significantly due to the provision of emergency services.
As a result, the workers have been living inhumane lives for two months due to non-receipt of salaries and allowances.
When the matter came to the notice of the Prime Minister, she allocated Tk. 25 crore for them, the press secretary said.
Dhaka Bureau Chief, May 22,2020