Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today asked the lawmakers to remain careful about the use of NAM flats and warned that the allocation of a flat would be cancelled if any MP misuses it, BSS reports.
"The name of those MPs, who have taken allocations but aren't staying in their NAM flats, would be deleted ... Instead of staying in the flats themselves, they would keep personal staff, drivers or domestic helps -- it isn't right," she said.
The prime minister issued the warning while inaugurating new residential buildings for officials and employees of the Jatiya Sangsad Secretariat at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the capital this afternoon.
Sheikh Hasina said those who took allocation of the NAM flats must stay there, otherwise they will have to live in Nakhalpara MP Hostel.
"If you remain in the NAM flats, the proper maintenance of the flats would be ensured. I told you it earlier in party meetings, today I tell you it publicly," she said.
Asking the Jatiya Sangsad chief whip to take actions against flat related irregularities, the Prime Minister said in case of his failure, actions would be taken against the chief whip.
"I also seek opinion of the honourable speaker to this end," she said.
Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury was present at the function as the special guest, while Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain presided.
Jatiya Sangsad Chief Whip ASM Feroz, Senior Secretary of the Parliament Secretariat Dr Md Abdur Rab Hawlader and Secretary of Housing and Public Works Ministry Shahidullah Khandakar spoke on the occasion.
Responding to the comments of the Jatiya Sangsad chief whip that many NAM flats of the MPs are now in dilapidated conditions, the prime minister said the flats shouldn't get damaged so quickly.
"It's reality that the MPs take allocation of the NAM flats, but don't stay there and they aren't careful about their use," she said.
The premier said money would be realized as compensation from the MPs whose flats would be damaged.
"None would be spared ... I have already asked it," she said.
In this connection, Sheikh Hasina said it is right that if anything goes out of order that needs to be repaired. "But why sincerity won't be there to protect anything from damage time and again?" she said.
The prime minister also expressed her dissatisfaction over the poor maintenance of the Sangsad Bhaban (parliament building) and directed the officials concerned to protect this world famous architectural building from damage.
She pointed out that the Sangsad Bhaban designed by Lui Kahn is a unique architectural work which has importance worldwide.
"Who wherever work, it's your responsibility to keep the building beautiful and well-protected ... You should also give attention so that it remains neat and clean and anything of it does not get damaged," she said.
The prime minister said this building was constructed with concrete slabs, and white marble stones were used at the place jointing the concrete slabs so that the places of jointing are not damaged by water.
"But it's unfortunate that marble stones have gone away at several places due to falling of water ... I have also seen water between the place of my chamber and the House," she mentioned.
Sheikh Hasina posed a question why the water falls although there are separate arrangements to save the building from water.
"There are budget, manpower .. everything. But I think this situation has been created for those on whom responsibilities are given are showing negligence in their work ... I hope that its recurrence will not happen in future," she said.
The Prime Minister said the government has approved a project involving Taka 120 crore to ensure proper maintenance of the Sangsad Bhaban. "But wood at rooftop and other places has already been damaged by falling water ... It will have to looked after and protected," she said.
Sheikh Hasina also asked the JS officials and employees to remain alert about proper maintenance of the new residential buildings constructed for them.
She directed them to be economical in using electricity and water.
"I'm the Prime Minister and I myself switch off light when I go out of my room and I use mug during bath so that electricity and water are not wasted ... I know well how much money is spent for producing electricity and purifying water. As I know, I have to solve the matters," she said.
She added: "But it's unfortunate that those who use electricity and water don't know how those could be used ... everything should be used with care and I want you would take that care," she said.
Sheikh Hasina said those who wash dishes, clothes and other utensils or brush teeth usually do these work by opening the tap for the whole time. "But it's not proper and this wastage will have to be stopped ... mug will have to be used to save water, otherwise there will be more sufferings in future," she said, adding that this suggestion is applicable to all.
About her government's initiatives for constructing flats for the government staff, the Prime Minister said housing arrangement for them is a must to make their life meaningful.
She said her government has taken a plan to construct flats up to the grassroots level so that the government employees can live with their families at the workplace.
Sheikh Hasina expressed satisfaction over the peaceful celebrations of the Pahela Boishakh (Bangla new year) yesterday and thanked the law enforcement agencies for the success in maintaining law and order across the country.
Earlier, the prime minister inaugurated eight buildings -- one for officials and seven for employees -- having 448 flats, by unveiling a plaque.
The Housing and Public Works Ministry implemented the project at a cost of Taka 218 crore.
Earlier, the Prime Minister inaugurated newly constructed 25-storey commercial building of the Bangladesh Shipping Corporation under the Ministry of Shipping at Dainik Bangla Morr in the capital.