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10 September, 2019 12:44:40 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 10 September, 2019 12:55:12 PM
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Graft galore in land sector: TIB

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, Dhaka
Graft galore in land sector: TIB

Corruption has become institutionalised and penetrated even the deepest core of land administration, according to a TIB study released yesterday. Besides, bribery continues unabated at district and sub-registrar offices across the country where people have to pay bribes starting from Tk. 500 to Tk. 500,000 at each and every step to get land-related services, . To depict the picture of corruption pervading the land sector, the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) released the research study titled “Ways to overcome obstacles for good governance in registration and services sector of land documents” (Bhumi dolilnibondhon o sebay su­sha­sho­ner challenge uttoronerupay) at a press conference at TIB’s Dhanmondi office yesterday.

The research findings were jointly presented by deputy programme manager (research and policy) Shammi Laila Islam and programme manager (research and policy) Nihar Ranjan Roy. TIB trustee board member Sultana Kamal, executive director Iftekharuzzaman said, adviser (executive) Prof. Sumaya Khair and director (research and policy) Mohammad Rafiqul Hasan, among others, were present during publication of the report.

The report has given 15 recommendations to the government for providing proper services to citizens and to make the land sector transparent and free of corruption. It also recommended that the government should increase institutional competency in the land sector to curb corruption. There should be also total digitisation of the land administration and management.

The TIB also revealed the amount of internal illegal money transaction in the sector. Bribes starting from Tk. 20,000 to Tk. 2000,000 change hands for recruitment, promotion and other processes, it stated.

District registrar and sub-registrar offices are among the most corrupt places in the country, said TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman. “Land-related services have become synonymous with corruption,” he added.

Those who seek such services are going to face massive problems if the corruption remains unabated, he said, adding that all officials and employees involved in corruption should be identified immediately.

The TIB had conducted a household survey between 1997 and 2017, where 42.5 per cent households were victims of such corruption and had to pay bribes to sub-registrar office staff for receiving services, the report stated.

The anti-graft watchdog conducted a survey in 41 sub-registrar offices under 16 districts from July 2018 and August 2019. As per the report, a total of 3,672,428 deeds were registered under the registrar department in FY2017-18 and the government earned about Tk. 12,433 crore during the same period.

Apart from this, there was corruption in getting promotion, transfer and obtaining deed licences, the report stated.

According to the report, a copy writer has to pay Tk. 20,000 to Tk. 300,000 for inclusion of his or her name in the list of copy writer. Besides, a person has to pay from Tk. 200,000 to Tk. 800,000 to get a promotion from the post of copy writer to the post of muhra, while Tk. 300,000 to Tk. 1,000,000 have to be paid to get a promotion to the post of assistant from muhra.

A person has to cough up Tk. 100,000 to Tk. 300,000 for getting a deed writer licence, while sub-registrars have to pay Tk/ 300,000 to Tk. 2,000,000 for transfer to suitable places, the report mentioned.

MK

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