The BAngladesh government has allocated Tk 117 crore for the Anti-Corruption Commission in the proposed budget for 2018-2019 fiscal in a bid to expedite the anti-graft campaign.
The government had allocated Tk 94 crore for the ACC in the revised budget of 2017-2018 fiscal.
Announcing the budget proposals at the Jatiya Sangsad in Dhaka on Thursday, finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said, ‘We have continued our efforts to free the country from all forms of corruption gradually. Alongside the usual legal proceedings of the Anti-Corruption Commission, emphasis is being laid on creating mass awareness and building the future generation with an anti-corruption stance.’
‘Moreover, by using information and communication technology as well as enhancing people’s participation, we are narrowing the scopes under which one can resort to corrupt practices,’ he said, adding that the AntiCorruption committees at the union level comprising the people of integrity were implementing various types of promotional programmes.’
In order to instill the values against corruption among the future generation, by establishing ‘Satata Sangha’ with the students of all the upazilas, including schools and madrassahs of the remote areas across the country, the practice of inculcating integrity was being promoted, he added.
The minister also said, ‘In order to engage the mass people in corruption prevention programmes, we have started public hearings on corruption complaints. In this process, direct communication is being established with the officials of district and upazila administration, in particular, the deputy commissioner and upazila nirbahi officers through video conferencing. A Hotline (106) at the AntiCorruption Commission has been established to facilitate direct registering of complaints.’
He opined that the main remedy of curbing corruption lay in reduction of discretionary power in decision making saying, ‘Therefore, the use of ICT is very important where there is scope for its application. Use of ICT in financial transactions largely prevents the spread of corruption in public domain.’
‘Bangladesh is firmly taking an anti-corruption stand in the international sphere as the State Party of the United Nations Convention against Corruption. As a result through the use of Mutual Legal Assistance Request among different countries, it has been possible to collect information related to corruption or money laundering committed by some influential quarters,’ he further added.
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