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Corruption declines: ACC chairman

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Iqbal Mahmud said today corruption has decreased in the country by and large as the economic growth has increased while on the contrary the poverty has decreased.

"On the whole, corruption has decreased manifold in the country. With decrease of the corruption, the poverty declines and purchase capacity of the people increases," he said at a ceremony of unveiling annual report of the ACC at its headquarters in Segunbagicha here.

A total of 32 proposals including formation of an Independent Judicial Commission to make police services pro-people, have been forwarded to the government through the report, he said.

Replying to a query, he said, "The commission is totally independent and none could influence the ACC," adding, "All the corrupt elements would be brought to book and for this reason passports and national identity cards (NIDs) will be sent to all the ports as none of the corrupts could go abroad to evade arrest."

About the corruption in the state-run Basic Bank, he said, "A total of 56 graft cases have so far been lodged to this end and more cases are on the card."

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)