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Corruption is no problem but giving too many extensions is bad

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AKM Fazlullah, the 79-year-old Managing Director of Chattogram Water Supply and Sewerage Authority, is likely to get extension for another three-year term after serving the position for nine years.
In 2009, Fazlullah was first appointed as the chairman of the CWASA, 11 years after he had gone into retirement as an Executive Engineer of the agency in 1998. He became MD of the agency in 2012. He joined the CWASA in 1968. In a special meeting, CWASA Board Members on September 7 proposed that Fazlullah should be appointed its MD for the fourth term sparking criticism among the citizens of the Port city. His current term is scheduled to expire in October.
Managing Directors in both Chittagong WASA and Dhaka WASA seem to lead charmed lives --- hence the extension of the terms of both since 2009. Both WASAs also have the distinction of re-appointing the MDs in a non transparent manner.
Residents of Chattogram city and the Consumer Association of Bangladesh have blamed Fazlullah for poor performance of the CWASA in supplying pure drinking water and for consumers' harassments. They alleged that the 'ghost' CWASA bills and harassment of consumers were very common during the present MD's tenure. The residents of the city are still getting 'dirty' and 'smelly' water from the CWASA.
The Anti-Corruption Commission feels free to allegations of corruption but shows no enthusiasm to try the accused ones for conviction. Despite corruption allegation against persons they are holding high positions. We also know corruption is no offence for government people.
But at least one must do his job but it is too much not to do so and yet getting extension one after another.

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