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Govt unveils plan to fight graft

Assures development partners of improving governance

The government yesterday unveiled before the development partners its plan for preventing corruption and improving governance against the backdrop of Padma bridge corruption allegations.

Cabinet Secretary Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan presented the National Integrity Strategy (NIS) describing it as a concerted initiative for fighting corruption at a meeting of the Local Consultative Group (LCG).

The meeting was held at the National Economic Council auditorium two days after the government withdrew its request to the World Bank for financing the Padma bridge project.

A high official of the Economic Relations Division (ERD) told The Daily Star that there were “no direct links between the timing of the presentation and the complexities over the graft allegations in the bridge project”.

The official, however, said the government had an intention to remove any bad impression, if there is any, from the donors' mind over the Padma bridge corruption allegations.

The bridge project was not discussed at the meeting. The ERD secretary at the beginning told the representatives of the development partners that the finance minister will brief them on the bridge project later, said the ERD official.

The development partners urged the government to implement the NIS properly, and said they were ready to provide the government any assistance for implementing it.

Musharraf told The Daily Star that the schedule of presentation had been fixed earlier and it had nothing to do with the government's withdrawal of request for WB funds.

He said the presentation was not aimed at giving the donors any positive impression following the graft allegations in the bridge project.

The cabinet secretary said the development partners have highly praised the NIS paper and showed their interest in lending technical support for its implementation.

In October last year, the cabinet approved the NIS under which steps will be taken to stop corruption in public administration, judiciary, parliament, the Anti-Corruption Commission with the appointment of an ombudsman.

ERD Secretary Abul Kalam Azad, and UN Resident Coordinator and Local Consultative Group Co-chair Neal Walker jointly presided over the LCG meeting.

Azad later told reporters that no discussion on the Padma bridge project was held in the meeting.

The presentation on the NIS was followed by a LCG plenary meeting, the first of the four meetings to be held this year, where discussions were held on how to expedite the development projects.

Since ADP and Jica already pulled out of the Padma bridge project, Islamic Development Bank (IDB) will also discontinue its commitment in line with the co-financing agreement, said Azad.

IDB committed to fund $140 million in the bridge project.

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The World heard Hasina Government's corruption busting assurance many times before. Talk does not cut anymore.

: Robin

It is not even the most experience journalist can produce what he or she wants to produce even at second attempt, I feel betrayed for not being able to connect to you data base. Is it mechanical problem or issue liking and disliking by the editor?

: neutral

Comments

  • neutral
    Monday, February 4, 2013 03:02 AM GMT+06:00 (89 weeks ago)

    A good initiative to keep alive negotiations with the donors. Bangladesh can not afford to be left alone to meet its development challenges in next decades. It requires financial, technical and supervisory support to augment its own matching efforts to go for mega projects like deep sea project, internal communication link and connectivity and regional connectivity with sound priority fixing. Just relax. You should always have some good time and some difficult ones, this should not enraged your anger rather be the causes for adjustment and flexibity in runninga good governance and curbing corruption. The politicians are essential part of decision making and ensure participatory development for sustainability and maintenance. Therefore, it is essential to associate people's body and house of politics, the parliament and its committees, in decision making at critical juncture i am not quite sure whether the finance minister has any new things to add except to provide an explanation from his failed political perspective racing more controversy and responding to few basic question on transparency and he may go ahead but be careful about his casualness in talking and style.

  • Elihan U.K.
    Monday, February 4, 2013 03:22 AM GMT+06:00 (89 weeks ago)

    We can not see how all these assurances will work to fight grafts when corruption is so rampant and widespread in all sectors. First of all we need an honest personality with all power, free of administration influence in ACC to start with and the top most in the Governance has to be clean. WB reports clearly are pointing their finger at the top most administration without naming thee individual. We see so many reports of corruptions at Govt level. This seems to be a dream for us under the present regime. It is so transparent.

  • Barkat
    Monday, February 4, 2013 03:46 AM GMT+06:00 (89 weeks ago)

    What a joke and waste of scare resource in the name of fake prevention of graft.This is nothing but a eyewash before the upcoming election. If the AL government was really concern about graft it would have not sacrifice Padma Bridge to save corrupt criminals.Make a national survey and it will be clear that a big majority of people have lost faith in this government and its every act.


 

 


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