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21 January, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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ACC intensifies drive at major govt office

MUHAMMAD YEASIN, Dhaka
ACC intensifies drive at major govt office

After Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s announcement of a zero tolerance policy against corruption, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has now primarily targeted the major public offices across the country to ensure corruption-free and hassle-free public services. The commission has intensified its drive at the major public offices at a time when the Awami League (AL) government has vowed to show zero tolerance against corruption in accordance with its election manifesto.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has repeatedly said her government would continue its battle against graft to keep up the country's pace of development and uphold its achievements.

According to the sources in the ACC, the commission’s main aim is to ensure corruption-free and hassle-free services at major public offices like the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI), food, drugs, construction materials, passports, road and

transport sector, health services and education.

“We have intensified our drives in public offices to ensure services free of corruption and hassles as getting services from government organisations is a constitutional right of all the people,” said ACC director-general Muhammad Munir Chowdhury.

In recent times, the ACC has conducted drives at the Department of Environment in Narsingdi, the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI), Dhaka Central Jail, Chattogram Customs House, Bangladesh Muktijodha Kolyan Trust, Bangladesh Road Transport Authority, Department of Immigration and Passports, Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, Ideal School and College, Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (DWASA), Registration Complex at Tejgaon, Dhaka, the Meherpur deputy commissioner’s office, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk), Shikhkha Bhaban, land offices in different districts and against illegal sand excavation next to Bongshi Nodi at Savar.

Chowdhury said they have already carried out a huge number of drives at different public offices across the country after getting specific allegations following the introduction of the ACC hotline ‘106’ on July 27, 2017.

Some government officials at different public offices, requesting anonymity, told this correspondent that the ACC’s drives have generated awareness among the people against corruption following the recent drives. If the commission were to continue these drives, they believed that corrupt public officers may not

further engage in malpractices. Munir Chowdhury, ACC’s director-general (administration) and coordinator of the enforcement teams, said the commission has been conducting drives after receiving specific allegations over its hotline ‘106’. “We will conduct these drives as long as we receive such allegations,” he added.

In response to a query, he said many people have got the services they seek from public offices following the ACC’s intervention. The ACC has taken the support of the local administration to conduct the drives in some cases, he added.

According to the ACC sources, the commission has conducted more than 400 drives at different public offices across the country since the introduction of the ACC hotline ‘106’ on July 27, 2017.

The ACC ‘hotline 106’ drive has imparted a strong momentum to the government departments and agencies to improve their fragile governance. After receiving allegations, the ACC initially holds telephonic conversations and instructs the authorities to prevent corruption and deliver the requisite service to the people. Most of the time, people get the services they seek following the ACC’s initiative. If any office fails to deliver corruption-free and hassle-free services to the people, the commission conducts a drive against corruption, if any, ACC sources explained.

The ACC has formed two enforcement teams to carry out sudden inspections at public offices to clamp down on incidents of bribery. Each of the teams comprises two members and is headed by an officer of the level of assistant director. The teams have been entrusted with conducting sudden inspections in public offices to prevent bribery and irregularities.

In this respect, Chowdhury said: “As part of the initiative to ensure the rule of law at the public offices, the ACC started conducting sudden drives over allegations of corruption received over the ACC hotline ‘106’.”

“We have to ensure uninterrupted services to the people by conducting such sudden drives for making the public offices free of corruption,” he added.

PM Sheikh Hasina warned that stern action would be taken against corruption, adding that to prevent corruption in the public sector, the salaries and benefits of government employees have been enhanced in accordance with their needs.

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