Govt to verify TIB report on passport service: Home minister

Dhaka,  Tue,  26 September 2017
Published : 21 Aug 2017, 19:30:00
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Govt to verify TIB report on passport service: Home minister

The government will take action after verifying the authenticity of Transparency International Bangladesh’s report over alleged corruption in police verification for issuance of a new passport.

“We will take action verifying these,” Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said while replying to a question after a meeting at the Secretariat on Monday, reports UNB.

The minister, however, said the government hardly finds such complaints authentic when it verifies these. “When we find these genuine, we take action, and will do so…”

TIB on Monday revealed the report of a study showing that 76.2 percent passport seekers face irregularities and corruption, while 75.2 percent have to bribe police for cop clearance to have a new passport.

The TIB report also recommended dropping the police verification system from the issuance of new passports.

About curbing militancy, the Home Minister said three agencies –-Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Special Branch (SB) of Police and Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) of Bangladesh Bank— placed reports at the meeting over the sources of terror financing.

He said the three agencies were asked to place a complete report over sources of terror financing within the next two months.

Asaduzzaman said Islamic Foundation and Madrasa Board were asked to be careful during printing madrasa textbooks for the next academic calendar so that no misleading information remains there.

As part of curbing militancy, the intelligence agencies were directed to keep educational institutions and social networking sites, including Facebook and Twitter, under their surveillance, he said.

Noting that Rohingyas engage in various crimes in many cases, the Home Minister said the intelligences were asked to keep watch on them, too.

Chaired by the minister, the 7th meeting of the committee on resisting militancy was attended by the chiefs of law enforcement and intelligence agencies, and representatives of the Islamic Foundation and BFIU.
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