Rid country of corruption to uphold spirit of Ekushey: TIB

Staff Correspondent

21 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has called for building the country in a manner so that it becomes a corruption-free and well-administered state in line with the spirit of Ekushey February.

A country which is democratic and free of graft, inequality and communalism is at the core of the spirit of Ekushey, the Berlin-based anti-graft watchdog said on Saturday.

“Our glorious Language Movement of Ekushey is not only an emotional issue but also a source of struggle and protest. Bangalees have always stood against injustice and exploitation in line with Ekushey to snatch the glory of independence,” TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman said.

Let 21 February be a source of unique encouragement in curbing graft as grafts are against the spirit of Ekushey, he said, adding: “containing the spirit of Ekushey, graft should be curbed and battle against all types of inequality should be continued.”

The spirit of Ekushey was fully flourished through the Liberation War, but grafts are destroying that achievement, he alleged.

The announcement of zero tolerance against corruption from the top of the government only remained in paperwork as only some small fishes have been brought to justice, while big fishes are at large, he added.

It has also been reflected in Bangladesh being stuck in nearly a same position in the global graft index or being the second most corrupt country is South Asia, the TIB says.

The watchdog has expressed concern over “denial syndrome” among the government or its administration with regard to graft issues.

“It is a matter of grave concern that one kind of denial culture or denial syndrome has captured the government of administration,” Dr Iftekharuzzaman said.

“The state and political commitment against corruption is frequently put at question with outright rejection of any corruption allegation or depict it as conspiracy,” he added.

Saying that the tendency is only paving the way for more corruption, the TIB has suggested that any issues under question mark should be clarified according to state laws and rules.

Transparency and accountability will make state organs and democracy more strong. No extra benefit should be given to any people with considering his political affiliation or influence, it also suggested.