PM wants all to work together against corruption, social injustice

JATIYA SANGSAD, Prime Minister Sheikh

Hasina today sought cooperation from all including lawmakers, public

representatives and noted personalities irrespective of parties and

opinions to work in unison to stampout irregularities, injustices and

corruption from the society for continuation of the development.

I seek cooperation from all including from the lawmakers, public

representatives irrespective of parties and opinions to work together to

put an end to the social irregularities including corruption, she said.

The premier said these in the parliament while replying to a

supplementary question from Jatiya Party lawmaker Begum Rawshan Ara

Mannan (women seat47) in the questionanswer session slated for her.

Sheikh Hasina, also Leader of the House and Awami League President,

has sounded a note of warning of taking stern action against those who

would be found involved in committing corruptions and crimes

irrespective of their political affiliation lead to creating irregularities and

injustices in the society.

Sheikh Hasina said, If anyone of my party is involved in crimes, I will not

spare him or her. I'm currently not sparing any of them and will continue it in

the days to come. Punishment should begin from own home which I have

already initiated.

None will be spared in case of committing crimes, the PM warned, saying that

action has even been taken against members from the law enforcement agencies

in this regard.

The prime minister also called upon the lawmakers and local public

representatives to form committee in each of the areas involving noted

personalities from the society, teachers, and guardians to ward off any sorts of

irregularities and injustice in the society.

She thanked the female lawmaker for putting forward the question whether the

government has any plan to form committee in each of the areas to take action

against those who are hatching conspiracy to make a halt the ongoing

development of the country and to stop social crimes such as corruption,

torture on women and children.

We are getting enough honour from foreign countries due to the huge socio

economic development of the country and for continuation of the admiration,

we should eliminate injustice from the society, she continued.

About the government's 'zero tolerance policy' against corruption, the premier

said, We will not commit corruption and wouldn't allow others in doing so.

Terming both bribe taker and bribe giver criminals, she said both should bring

to book, adding, We will also take action against the instigators and patrons

of the criminals.

Replying to the starred question no1 from the Jatiya Party lawmaker Begum

Rawshan Ara Mannan, the premier also said, Our government is committed

to establish an administrative framework based on the rule of law to ensure

socioeconomic development and public welfare and to form welfare state as

well.

Spelling out her government's initiative to pursue the 'zero tolerance policy'

against corruption, she said, We have a special plan to reduce corruption to

zero level by strengthening the AntiCorruption Commission (ACC) and public

awareness campaign, and also using the modern information technology.

The premier said the corruption rate has been reduced due to the antigraft

drives and huge awareness campaign against the corruption conducted by the

enforcement teams of the ACC.

Recommendations to stop corruption and formulation of work plan prepared

by the ACC will also contribute to curb corruption in different departments

and divisions of the ministries to stop corruption in the concerned

organizations, she opined.

Highlighting her government's initiatives to make the ACC activities more

dynamic, the premier said, We have increased divisional offices to eight from

six and coordinated district offices to 36 from 22 and increased it manpower to

2146 from 1274.

A threeyear plan titled Strengthening the AntiCorruption Commission has

already been adopted with taking measures including setting up IT Support

Service System and ACC's own digital forensic lab and IPTV, she said.

Once the plan is implemented the accountability and transparency of the ACC

officials and employees will be increased, she added.

The premier said there is no need to form separate organization to stop

corruption.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)