Thursday 18, August 2022

Govt officials is going to water trees in Netherlands: Writ seeks on ban

News Desk: A writ petition was filed with the High Court today (July 31, 2022) seeking its order on the government to stop unnecessary foreign trips of government officials "in the name of training, meeting, seminars" with taxpayers' money.

ASM Al Sonnet, from Barishal, submitted the petition as a public interest litigation to the HC also requesting it to direct the authorities concerned of the government to hold judicial enquiry on the overseas travel of agriculture ministry officials in the name of horticulture exhibition in the Netherlands.

Petitioner's lawyer Syed Sayedul Haque Suman told that the hearing of the petition may be held this afternoon.

Citing the petition, the lawyer said that around 100 officials of the ministry of agriculture have already visited "Floriade Expo 2022" an International Horticulture Exhibition held in Almere, Netherlands. Some of those officials went to the exhibition with their wives or husbands, and some of them also travelled from the Netherlands to other Schengen countries in Europe despite travel restrictions.

The government has issued a circular banning foreign trips of its officials.

The circular, issued by the finance ministry on May 12, said that the decision was taken in the context of post-Covid-19 economic recovery and ongoing global crisis, lawyer Suman added.

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