|Published : 15 Apr 2017, 20:00:58|
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) observes Anti-corruption Week quite ceremoniously through rallies by students throughout the country. But it remains to be seen whether this will have any impact on the people who thrive on corrupt practices. Ironically, some of the policy makers who formulate and execute the policies are themselves involved in corrupt practices. Ours is one of the top corrupt countries of the world as often indicated by TIB reports. People across the world are becoming increasingly vocal against corruption of the powerful people. Thousands of demonstrators took to streets in Moscow recently against corruption of the Prime Minister of Russia. Anti-corruption demonstrations were held in Brazil, South Korea and Malaysia. We often hear from our leaders about zero-tolerance for corruption in different sectors. It is true that we are marching ahead towards a middle-income country but there still are millions of ultra poor people living below the poverty line. We are not being able to provide them with pure drinking water and healthy sanitary latrine. There are still lot to be done and ACC can ensure that development efforts of the government will be made free of corruption in future.
According to all major ranking institutions, Bangladesh routinely finds itself in the company of the corrupt countries in the world. Corruption is all-pervasive in society and there are reports that companies are being subjected to costly and unnecessary licence and permit requirements. Low salaries and weak institutional capacities are said to be instrumental in rise of corruption. The Code of Criminal Procedure, the Prevention of Corruption Act, the Penal Code and the Money Laundering Prevention Act criminalise attempted corruption, extortion, active and passive bribery, bribery of foreign public officials, money laundering and using public resources or confidential state information for private gains. Nevertheless, anti-corruption legislation is inadequately enforced. Facilitation payments and gifts are illegal, but common in practice. It is the duty of ACC to look into all these matters and identify the malpractices and finally frame charges against people responsible for legal punishment in courts.
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