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20 April, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Institution of accountability: A safety valve for people’s rights and interests

Undeniably, people living under the leadership not answerable to the institution of accountability suffer the worst
Sakib Hasan
Institution of accountability: A safety valve for people’s rights and interests

Accountability is the motivating principle that safeguards all operations and transactions aiming at ensuring people-friendly governance which is otherwise known as democracy. For ensuring a safe anchorage for mass interests and finding a secure passage for voicing the grievances of the people, institutionalization of accountability at all levels is a must. In default, the vicious tentacles of autocracy overwhelm and override issues of mass welfare and benefits. In fact, absence of the culture of accountability gives rise to a sort of one leader cult where there is every possibility of deprivation of the majority and the aggrandizement of a particular coterie.

Presently accountability is hardly present in the state culture of Bangladesh barring a few exceptions. According to a study almost 90% offices especially the public ones do not institutionally practice the norm of accountability. By accountability I categorically mean the practice of answerability to a body or an authority for all the duties and responsibilities assigned and entrusted with a person serving at a particular office. In fact, there are two kinds of answerability. One is answerability to an authority and the other is answerability to the conscience. Neither of these two procedures is followed and maintained in the in our routine official proceedings. What is maintained in practice is hardly more than a mere simulation strictly confined within papers and documents.

Accountability is inherently a core issue inseparably related to patriotism which in its turn contributes a great deal in consolidating good governance and nation-building efforts. It is the very sense of accountability among the public servants that can best warrantee the selfless services to the tax-payers. Instead of accountability, there has been a rampant culture of appeasement in mentioned 90% offices of the government over the long years ever since our independence. The motivating theme of this culture is to satisfy the controlling boss by any means. The authority who is supposed to scrutinize the performances and report on a concerned employee is managed somehow and thus the actual profile of a particular employee is very often presented in a much distorted format in the ACR of the said employee even though there is in principle a monitoring authority to report back deviations and aberrations if any.

Where there is no accountability, there is no code of conduct and the tenets of discipline. In an atmosphere of unaccountability a total anarchy reigns supreme in the mindset of the employees. This is the impact of unaccountability at the institutional levels. At the national level, the venom of unaccountability poisons the human elements of the leaders turning them absolute autocrats or despots.

Totalitarian states are the living incarnation of devil leadership because of the absence of the sublime practice of accountability.

 Undeniably, people living under the leadership not answerable to the institution of accountability suffer the worst. Because of not practicing the restraining code of accountability at the highest echelon of the party leadership, more and more countries are growingly rushing towards totalitarian claustrophobia. Who can dare to deny the ruthlessly outrageous deprivation of rights and freedom in countries like North Korea, Myanmar, Syria, and many other pseudo-autocratic countries camouflaged in various versions?

The primary derivative of governance of unaccountability is undoubtedly corruption which is found to be an inalienable part in the statecraft of the developing countries rather than the developed ones. People living in the countries of participatory democracy are well protected by the well-founded institution of accountability. Since the institution of accountability has been got deeply rooted both at personal, institutional and national levels in developed and many truly democratic developing countries, mass people of these countries find necessary outlets to voice their concern and mechanisms are there to address their genuine inconveniences and grievances in the soonest possible time.

Right from the upper crust of the statecraft down to the institutions at the grass roots, corruption has evidently become the practicing culture of the republic.

This is so simply because of the absence of the institution of accountability which is why the servants of the republic can venture to exploit, humiliate and harass the common people who happen to make up the largest community of the stake-holders of the state. Ever since our independence back in 1971, accountability has not been developed institutionally. We have seen to our utter dismay the lofty efforts to install the institution of accountability have been jolted time and again. Instead, accountability has virtually been superseded by the partisan culture. This is exactly here from where the deviations from the true spirit of our War of Liberation begin.

It is undeniably the topmost political leadership that will have to shoulder the lion’s share of the blame of not institutionalizing the guiding code of accountability in the state set-up. Are our leaders accountable to their conscience for ensuring the optimum benefits for the common people? I believe that like me many of us will ask the same question because none of us is absolutely exempted from the screening of accountability. Only the opposition will stand the trial of accountability and the others will enjoy the dividends of immunity and indemnity can hardly be accepted at least in a country emerged through a sea of blood.  

      

The writer is a contributor to

The Independent

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