Taqsem appointed WASA MD for seventh term

Dhaka WASA MD Taqsem A Khan
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Taqsem A Khan, the managing director of Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA), has been reappointed to his position for another three-year term.

The local government division has issued a gazette notification in this regard today, Thursday.  

The gazette signed by local government division deputy secretary Mustafizur Rahman said that according to Section 28 (2) of Water Supply and Sewerage Authority Act 1996, after the fulfillment of the tenure of current job, Taqsem A Khan has been reappointed for a three-year term as managing director of WASA.

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In a board meeting on 11 July, a decision was taken to appoint Taqsem A Khan for three more years. The proposal was sent to the local government ministry. A summary was forwarded to the prime minister's office. The appointment has been finalised after receiving the prime minister's approval.

Dhaka WASA is operated as per the act passed in 1996. As per the act, the managing director is the chief executive officer of the organisation. According to the recommendation of the board, the government appoints someone in this post through the local government ministry. But there is nothing in the act as to how many years the same person can be appointed in the post.

Taqsem assumed the position of WASA MD in 2009. Since then, his term has been extended five times, and his current sixth term is set to end on 14 October.

His monthly salary has jumped by a staggering 421 percent over the past 12 years. Currently, he receives a salary of Tk 625,000 per month. He was awarded a whopping Tk 175,000 increment during the Covid-19 pandemic. Taqsem A Khan, his wife and children are citizens of America. 

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The decision on his reappointment has sparked criticism due to numerous complaints of corruption and irregularities against him.

Aktar Mahmud, former president of the Bangladesh Institute of Planners, speaking to Prothom Alo, said there have been some improvements in water supply under Taqsem's leadership, but no sustainable system could be established, and the sewage system remains inadequate.

He said he did not deliver any outstanding performance that would warrant his reappointment for three more years. Also, it is traditionally discouraged to remain in the same position for a long period as it hinders others' opportunities and way of new leadership, Mahmud added.