Police Service Association, BRTA protest at TIB survey

Staff Correspondent | Updated at 01:10am on September 12, 2018

Bangladesh Police Service Association and the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority protested against the household survey of the Transparency International Bangladesh that showed the law enforcement agencies as the top corrupt and BRTA on the top in taking bribe.
Both the police association and road transport authority termed the survey report, released on August 30, baseless, fabricated and intentional.
Police service association in a statement rejected the report, saying that it was unexpected that the police force, the main investigating agency of the state, was presented in a negative way based on a few people’s opinion.
The statement sent to media by Dhaka Metropolitan Police additional deputy commissioner (Matijheel Division) Md Saifur Rahman, also the association office secretary, termed the survey exaggeration of information and motivated.
Road transport authority issued a letter and sent it to TIB on September 3 protesting at the report.
The letter was signed by the authority director for engineering Md Nurul Islam. The letter said that the authority provided services, including registration of motor vehicles, fitness, tax tokens, route permits and driving licences.
Considering the number, tax token of motor vehicles contains about 30-35 per cent of the services and the service receivers get it through different banks.
Different works, including issuance of driving licences, distribution of digital registration certificates, receiving biometric information and fixation of retro reflective number plates, have been outsourced, it said..
Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory is distributing registration certificates and fixing number plates, said the authority, adding that the allegation of bribe or corruption was
illogical. It said that fitness certificates were being on the ground in orderly way.
The authority said that TIB’s allegation of bribe or corruption was imaginary.
In a statement on Tuesday, TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman said that instead of taking necessary steps to curb corruption, the road transport authority’s abrupt denial of the survey report rather would hamper the government’s anti-corruption campaign.
He said that the household survey upholding utmost representational data outcome was conducted applying the integrated multipurpose sampling frame of the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. To maintain scientific standard and quality, TIB team completed the survey with advice of eight internationally recognised experts, Iftekhar said.
TIB conducted the survey of 15,581 households in eight divisions between January and March 2018. The respondents shared their experiences of 2017.
The survey staff took respondents’ answers about bribes they had to pay, negligence, harassment, cheating, nepotism, misappropriations and interference of influential
persons. The survey found that around 76 per cent rural and 70 per cent urban people experienced law enforcers’ corruption while 68 per cent rural and 61 per cent urban people had to bribe Bangladesh Road Transport Authority officials to get legitimate services.