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Aarong-buster consumer rights directorate official transferred

  • Published at 01:45 am June 4th, 2019
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File photo of Monjur Mohammad Shahriar, the deputy director of Directorate of National Consumers' Right Protection’s Dhaka divisional office, talking to reporters in Dhaka Collected

The DNCRP deputy director has been busy over the past few weeks busting companies selling adulterated foods and expired products

The government has issued a sudden transfer order for Monjur Mohammad Shahriar, the deputy director of Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection’s (DNCRP) Dhaka divisional office.

The order was issued last night — hours after Monjur led a drive at lifestyle retail chain Aarong’s flagship store on Jashimuddin Avenue at Uttara, and fined them Tk4.5 lakh for discrepancies in the price tags of the same product.

According to the Public Administration Ministry circular, Monjur was transferred to the Khulna Zone office of Roads and Highways Department as the estate and law officer.

The circular also set June 13 as his joining date at the new workplace. If he fails to join before that day, Monjur would be stand released on June 13 afternoon, it said.

In recent weeks, Monjur and other anti-adulteration drive officials earned much public support for fining different brands, eateries, chain shops, supershops and beauty parlours for cheating on consumers.

His transfer order last night came as a shock to consumers in general and rights activists in particular.

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He got the transfer order news while speaking against adulteration at a live talk show on private TV channel RTV around midnight. Other talk show participants immediately expressed dismay and criticized the government move.

Public Administration Ministry officials or Monjur, however, could not be reached for comments, while the circular went viral on social networking site Facebook and drew harsh criticisms.

DNCRP Director General Md Shafiqul Islam Laskar or other officials were also not available for comments.

However, DNCRP Director (Admin and Finance) Manzur Morshed Chowdhury told Bangla Tribune: “I have not been informed about this issue [Monjur’s transfer]. I also do not know why the transfer order has been issued.”

Very recently, Monjur had led drives at two top makeover salons — Persona and Farzana Shakil’s — in the capital and fined them for using illegal, counterfeit and expired products.

He also led drives at various markets around the city to seize the 52 food products that Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution found as substandard and the High Court ordered their recall.