Biman gets a new and additional authority

A Monitor Report 16 Feb, 2017  |    -      +
Dhaka : Biman Bangladesh Airlines Limited (Biman) has got a new and additional authority in the form of a Task Force.

In a notification on February 12, the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism (MOCAT) announced the formation of the Task Force to "closely supervise all the operations of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Limited". MOCAT also cancelled notification issued of February 2.

Mohammad Shahadat Hussein, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism (Hotel & Restaurant Cell has been made convener of the 5-member Task Force. Other members are: Dr. Mohammad Tajul Islam, Joint Commissioner, Customs House, Dhaka; Mohammad Nurul Islam, Director (ATS & Aredrome), Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh; Muhammad Abdul Wadud, General Manager (CSQ), Biman Bangladesh Airlines Limited and Sharif Mohammad Farhad Hussain, Deputy Secretary, MOCAT. The last named person would be member-secretary of the Task Force.

The committee will be able to co-opt members, if needed.

The Task Force will be responsible to do the followings: (1) Supervise and oversee to ensure matters relating to on- time implementation of Annual job Performance Agreement (APA); (2) Supervise and oversee up-gradation of standard of passenger service and faster execution of luggage and cargo handling; (3) Supervise and oversee implementation of administrative and security related reform; (4) Turn Biman into a profitable company and supervise and oversee activities concerning expansion of fleet and route; (5) Supervise and oversee Biman's ticket sell and ensure accountability and (6) Others.

The notification, signed by senior Assistant Secretary of MOCAT said that with the approval of the "concerned authority", the notification would be effective immediately.

It may be mentioned that Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Rashed Khan Menon, recently told Boishakhi TV that the Task Force has been created as per recommendations of the three enquiry committees that formed to investigate defect in Biman's aircraft on which the Prime Minister was flying.

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