Major parties lax willingness to fight graft: ACC boss, The Daily Star, July 04, 2012

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Photo: ACC Chairman Ghulam Rahman

Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Ghulam Rahman on Tuesday blamed both the major political parties of the country for their unwillingness to meet their electoral pledges to fight corruption, sources said.

“There are no lacks of promises in the electoral manifestos of both the main political parties. But initiatives to implement the pledges are usually not seen,” said the ACC boss.

He was speaking at a roundtable styled ‘Coordination and Collaboration between Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General, Anti-Corruption Commission and Information Commission to Ensure Transparency and Accountability in Bangladesh’.

The ACC chairman in his speech also said that political will is urgent to prevent corruption, the sources added.

As neither the organiser of the function nor any participating institutions invited any media.

Ghulam Rahman in the afternoon arranged a press briefing at his office where he said, “The amendment to the Anti-Corruption Commission Act remains hung for last one and a half years and I hope the act will be amended in the current parliament session.”

Asked about why they did not invite any media, the ACC boss told The Daily Star over phone, “I am not ready to give any explanation. We did not feel any necessity. It is my will whether I will call anybody to my house or not.”

It may be mentioned that earlier on June 28 the ACC imposed a ban on the access of media to its office.

Sources said chaired by the ACC chairman, the function was held at the auditorium of the ACC’s Segunbagicha office where Chief Information Commissioner Muhammad Zamir, Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Ahmed Ataul Hakeem, ACC Commissioner Mohammad Sahabuddin Chuppu and Information Commissioners Abu Taher and Sadeka Halim, among others, spoke.

Bangladesh Enterprise Ltd organised the roundtable from 11:00am to 1:00pm where its senior consultant Shahab Khan read out a keynote speech and Humayun Kabir moderated the roundtable.

The ACC chief said if the ACC, office of the CAG and Information Commission maintain coordination, the transparency and accountability and god governance will be speeded up.

Sources said at the roundtable, the chief information commissioner said, “To get information is a right of the people. When there will create the scope of getting information by the people on all the important issues, then the transparency of the government officials will be ensured.”

“If they remain within the accountability and transparency, the corruption will reduce,” he said and urged the ACC and the information commission to work together to ensure good governance.

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04 July, 2012