ACC finds 19 types of graft in aviation sector

Staff Correspondent

5 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has unearthed massive corruption in different fields of aviation sector, thanks to the negligence of the officials concerned in civil aviation and tourism ministry.

The anti-graft body has found 19 types of corruption in civil aviation authority and Biman Bangladesh Airlines.

Portraying a scenario of corruption, the ACC has sent a set of recommendations to the high-ups of different government bodies to check irregularities in the two sectors.

ACC investigation reports and recommendations, signed by ACC acting secretary Muhammad Munir Chowdhury, have been sent to the cabinet secretary, cabinet division and secretary to civil aviation and tourism ministry, advising them to take necessary measures for tackling corruption in the two sectors.

The aviation sector has long been facing criticism as widespread corruption is being taken place in the sector despite Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s zero tolerance policy against the acts of corruption.

The anti-graft body communicated with all former and incumbent high-ups and analysed annual, audit reports and other related documents while running the investigation.

The investigation reveals that corruption takes place in purchasing equipment, leasing of aircraft, selling of ticket, exporting and importing cargo, Biman food catering and in recruitment and transfer process.

ACC commissioner Mozammel Haque Khan handed over two separate reports to state minister for civil aviation and tourism Mahbub Ali on Sunday.

“There is no alternative to combating corruption for maintaining the ongoing pace of development in the country. We all have to work together to combat corruption for brightening image of the country,” Mozammel said. Welcoming the ACC initiative, state minister Mahbub said they would not only take action against the corrupt officials but also take action against those for negligence of duties.

“None will be spared. There will be no room in the ministry for corrupts,” he said. 

The ACC in its investigation identified some 11 types of corruption in civil aviation authority and eight types of corruption in Biman Bangladesh Airlines.

The anti-graft body finds corruption in buying equipment of aircrafts and its leasing.

The price of aircraft is shown higher than the actual price, according to a recommendation. Bangladesh Biman has to count loss of thousand crore of taka for leasing the aircraft with illogical conditions, it added.

A report said the board of directors of Biman and its officials appointed their chosen farm to make fortune.

One of most corrupted sectors of Biman is ground service. Low quality equipment is bought in exchange of an underhand dealing of the contractors.  

Import and export of cargo is one of the major areas of revenues but the national flag career earns less due to widespread irregularities here.  

The ACC also said corruption takes place in ground service sector, passenger sector, ticket selling and Biman food catering sector.

Apart from identified eight sources of corruption, ACC also gave eight recommendations for combating graft in Biman Bangladesh Airlines.

ACC recommended that a committee comprising experts at home and abroad may be formed to evaluate tender process and look into the logic of expensive purchase.

Meanwhile, the ACC unearthed 11 sources of corruption in civil aviation authority (CAB) during their investigation.

Of the 11 sources, it marks corruption in purchasing sector, construction and development work, wealth management, renting spaces of stalls and billboard at airport, appointing consultant, officials’ training abroad and repairing work.

ACC also gave 11 recommendations to fight corruption in the civil aviation authority.