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B'desh Govt carries out massive administrative reshuffle

world Updated: Jan 20, 2009 12:09 IST

The newly elected government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has carried out a massive administrative reshuffle in Bangladesh transferring the top bureaucrats or secretaries of 10 out of 46 ministries or divisions and nine joint secretaries.

According to a government announcement yesterday, the senior bureaucrats were given new postings with equal status while a senior official of the establishment ministry told PTI that "it is a routine change".

The Awami League-led grand alliance government took over two weeks ago after its landslide victory in December 29 general elections.

In another related development, newly appointed Attorney General Mahbubey Alam yesterday asked all attorneys recruited by the previous interim government to submit their resignation letters to him by Tuesday.

"The top law officer of the state told the attorneys at a meeting at his office in the evening that the existing law officers would be replaced as part of the government's administrative reshuffle," the Daily Star newspaper reported quoting sources.

The attorney general's office declined to comment on the issue but the report said Alam also told the attorneys that the president would take a final decision on the matter.

The interim government of former chief adviser Fakfruddin Ahmed appointed most of the attorneys including Alam's predecessor Salahuddin Ahmed.

Salahuddin last week resigned from his post saying he was "following the examples set by my predecessors" after the change of governments.

In another major change, the new government appointed Professor Arefin Siddiqui as the new vice chancellor of the premier Dhaka University last week.