The government Tuesday revised the Kushtia Medical College project for a second time with the cost almost doubling from the original estimate as scam allegedly hit it well before the start of construction work.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, presiding over the day’s meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council that approved the revision, asked health and public works ministries to investigate the allegation, officials said.
She ordered necessary steps for finding out those involved in the alleged irregularities and mete out to them punitive action.
“The Directorate of Health has failed to complete the construction in nine years and now got a time extension for another two years up to June 2023 at the meeting,” said one official.
After the ECNEC meeting was over, Planning Minister MA Mannan told the press that the prime minister asked the authorities to take fit action against the persons involved-“even after their retirement from civil service”.
The ECNEC endorsed a total of nine projects, including the Kushtia Medical College and Hospital project, with an aggregate cost of Tk 65.51 billion.
Out of the projects, five were being revised while another four approved as fresh projects.
Meanwhile, the Kushtia Medical College project was sent back by the ECNEC in January this year following allegation of corruption in procurement.