The Anti-Corruption Commission chairman Iqbal Mahmood on Sunday said corruption is eroding up to three per cent of the country’s gross domestic product.
He, however, did not refer to any study or organisation to justify the extent of corruption, in relation to Bangladesh’s GDP.
The ACC chairman came up with the remark at a discussion on ‘Combating Drug Abuse and Corruption in Bangladesh,’ organised by North South University, in its auditorium.
Iqbal urged the people to move together against corruption as the ‘mad horse of corruption’ is racing faster.
He said corrupt practices, drug peddling and use of drugs are all parts of a same garland.
He alleged that drug peddling investment comes from some businessmen who made illegal money.
The chief of the corruption watch-dog said that the constitution of the country does not legitimise illegal income.
‘We all are talking against corruption. But it is the time to take effective actions against the corrupt people,’ he said.
He requested the people to take steps to stop the sources of illegal income and to involve citizens with social movements against this devil force.
‘We need to preserve the dreams of the next generation as corruption is purging their dreams,’ he observed.
Iqbal Mahmood said a vested quarter is trying to push the youths to the dark world (of drugs and crimes).
He said various organisations define corruption in their own way but ‘I think anything that goes against ethics is corruption.’
The department of narcotics director general, Khandakar Rakibur Rahman, said that a section of people are set to lure young generation into the world of drugs and other contraband stuffs.
He urged the youth of the country to declare war on drug addictions.
Among others, Association for the Prevention of Drug Abuse president, Arup Ratan Choudhury, University of Maryland of USA, professor Anwar Haque, NSU vice-chancellor Atiqul Islam and NSU trustee board chairman, Azim Uddin Ahmed, also spoke.
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