Anti-graft body chief regrets corruption spree

The Daily Star March 27, 2012

Corruption is spreading like cancer in the country’s public and private sectors and it will be irresistible if politicians and other actors do not come forward to check it, the Anti-Corruption Commission chairman has said.

“We are trying to infuse honesty, patriotism and sincerity among the youths by forming Satata Sanghas at academic institutions across the country,” Ghulam Rahman said at the inaugural of the Anti-corruption Week-2013 at the ACC headquarters in the capital yesterday.

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“If we can inspire them [youths] with these spirits and build them up as protesters, they will not indulge in corruption or tolerate it. They will rather resist it.”

Ghulam hoped that the young generation would carry forward the mission against corruption the ACC had begun.

The theme of this year’s Anti-corruption Week is “The power of people will resist corruption.” The ACC has been observing Anti-corruption Week since 2011.

The ACC chief said the nation had achieved independence through the Liberation War but was yet to free itself from the grip of poverty which, he observed, was a by-product of corruption.

According to him, corruption is the main obstacle to overcoming poverty.

He also called for united efforts from the civil society, political parties and media to fight corruption.

“People are the source of all power and if people get united, raise their voice and oppose corruption, no evil power will be able to tackle the force against corruption,” Ghulam noted, and hoped the country would one day be free from corruption.

Citing a Transparency International survey, he said the level of corruption was gradually coming down as 60 percent people of the country saw a downtrend in the graft level.

The ACC, however, is not satisfied with this trend as it aims at eliminating corruption from the country altogether.

ACC sources said the commission would hold rallies, discussions, cultural programmes and other activities to create awareness among the people.

These programmes will be arranged through around 500 district and upazila anti-corruption committees and the members of over 17,000 Satata Sanghas at academic institutions.

The commission was to organise an anti-corruption human chain in the capital on Thursday, but it will now be held on Saturday due to the opposition’s hartal, said ACC sources.

After the inauguration of the Anti-corruption Week, the ACC chief along with his colleagues went to the National Memorial in Savar to pay tributes to the martyrs of the 1971 Liberation War.

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