Political will needed to combat corruption

Says ACC chairman

Staff Correspondent

18 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Iqbal Mahmood on Sunday said that political will is needed to combat corruption in the country.

“Prevention of corruption is not possible without political commitment. Realizing the matter, the political parties have given priority to the issue of anti-corruption at their polls manifesto,” he said

Claiming that the anti-corruption awareness has increased across the country, he said, there is no way to free the country from corruption overnight.

ACC chief came up with the remarks while addressing view-exchange meeting at the commission headquarters in the capital.

The national anti-graft body organized the event to take opinion and suggestions from the students’ representative of 30 universities and medical college to effectively fight the corruption.

“Education is very important to prevent corruption. There is no alternative of quality education for Bangladesh to get demographic dividend and leading the world economic in 2030.”

Mahmood said people are running behind money. But now they are not feeling sham for it, so quality education is needed to bring back the shame of the corrupt people.

Mentioning that no people are in the society who does not fear ACC, he said “Winning everything is not possible through the fear.”

Addressing at the event, students said prevention of corruption will not possible without ensuring quick punishments for the corrupt people and reducing backlog of graft cases.

Blaming the culture of impunity for rising corruption, they also suggested for taking quick action against corrupt person through using technology.

ACC chairman said “Now the conviction rate in graft cases are 63 percent. It is true that we are not reducing corruption at the expected level but the conviction rate is a result of our joint efforts.

ACC two commissioners AFM Aminul Islam and Dr Md Mozammel Haque Khan, Secretary Delwar Bakth, three director generals Sarwar Mahmud, M Munir Chowdhury and Mostafizur Rahman also present at the event.