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POST TIME: 11 December, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 11 December, 2019 01:47:51 AM
Resist corruption

Resist corruption

Corruption has become ingrained into every sector of Bangladeshi society. But if we are to hold on to any dreams of sustainable progress, corruption must be minimised. It is good to note. The public must be made to understand that corruption and illegal practices are unacceptable, and those who engage in them will be held to account: both taking a bribe and giving a bribe constitute corruption, and neither should be tolerated. This is where social resistance against the evil practice becomes all the more important.

With the passage of time Bangladesh has come to witness numerous forms of corruption emanating from the discussed anarchic, despotic and oligarchic system of rule. The country is in need of a turning point through creating and capacitating institutions to get rid of pervasive corruption. For that, many efforts could be made, including establishing new norms for government institutions and officials; making institutions more effective; service delivery monitoring; enforcement of anti-corruption law; effective mechanisms to investigate and prosecute corruption; and to respect the freedoms of the press. If such measures can be taken then Bangladesh may at last rid itself of the blight of corruption.

Analysts generally agree that bribery, rent-seeking and inappropriate use of government funds, excessive lobbying, long delays in service performance, pilferage, irresponsible conduct from government officials, and excessive bureaucratic intemperance and mindset have made public sector departments associated with law enforcement, water supply, electricity, gas supply, education, waste disposal, health, transportation, issue of passports, and maintenance of land records, etc. susceptible to corruption. Lack of proper accountability appears to have also been a cause for such a development.

Over the past decade, the siphoning-off of big sums of money from Bangladesh appears to have increased. It has also been estimated that on an average, every year, such illicit flow out of Bangladesh has exceeded $5bn. Bangladesh in terms of illegal money laundering is now among the top 40 countries in the world. We need to understand that illicit money outflow from the country cannot be stopped totally at one go. It can, however, probably be reduced over time by overcoming the challenges existing at the grassroots level.

All citizens, children included, should be instilled with the value that corruption is immoral and illegal, and all activities should be conducted through proper channels. The mindset that accepts corruption as something inescapable must change.