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19 July, 2019 12:02:05 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 19 July, 2019 10:46:49 AM
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Things done in good faith not an offence

ACC chief says on final day of DCs' confce
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, Dhaka
Things done in good faith not an offence

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) chairman Iqbal Mahmud yesterday said that though anything done in good faith is not an offence, it should be open to probe. “It's clear to everybody that anything that is done in good faith is not an offence. But it has to be ascertained that the deed has truly been done in good faith. The Penal Code (CrPC) also states this,” he mentioned.

The ACC boss said this while replying to a question on the assertion by district commissioners (DCs) that no one should be treated as corrupt if he/she does anything in good faith. Mahmud disclosed this while briefing reporters after a meeting with the field officials.

He said the DCs have been asked to implement anti-corruption measures in their districts. “Filing cases is not our main task. We must prioritise preventing corruption in society,” he added.

Mahmud emphasised the need to ensure quality education fostering humanitarian values at both primary and high school levels for sustainable development.  He also said the DCs have been asked to monitor ACC activities in their districts and inform the commission in case of any irregularities.

In a session of the home ministry, the DCs urged the home minister, Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, to set up a special police force to step up the security of DC offices.  

The home minister, however, said: “The DCs will work in cooperation with the local superintendents of police (SPs), if needed. There is no need of a special force for them.”

Kamal also said that he asked the DCs to take all possible

steps to prevent any re-emergence of terrorism, militancy and extremism in the country. “They will follow the way in which we are curbing terrorism and militancy to ensure that terrorism, militancy and extremism do not emerge again,” he added.

The home minister said the DCs have also been asked to work in line with the Prime Minister’s instruction to show zero tolerance towards drugs. They  have been asked to continue drives against drug abuse and to create awareness among people in this regard, he added.

Early yesterday, in the first session of the concluding day of the five-day-long DCs’ conference, the DCs proposed the formation of a ‘public administration bank’ for administrative cadre officials. After the meeting, the state minister for public administration, Farhad Hossain, told reporters that the ministry would examine the proposal. He said the DCs have been asked to do their work by steering clear of any form of corruption.

Cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam presided over the working sessions of the DCs’ conference, which ended yesterday. A total of 29 working sessions were held at the Cabinet Division in the Bangladesh Secretariat, where ministers, state ministers, deputy ministers and secretaries of the ministries concerned took part and gave necessary directives to the DCs. According to sources, the DCs placed 333 proposals to different various ministries and departments during the conference.

SHK

 

 

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