ACC received 65 complaints in the third quarter of the year 2014-2015
The Anti Corruption Commission had received a total of 65 complaints in the third quarter of the year that is from July to September months this year.
In comparison to the second quarterly report, the numbers of complaints have dropped significantly by about 54 complaints, which is by 45.38 percentages. According to the third quarterly statistical report 2014-2015, it states that the drop may be due to the temporary unavailability of reporting corruption complaints through the anti corruption commission (ACC) website. The other reason could be the engagement of the Complaint Management Section staff in the inhouse capacity building in September during which complaints could not be registered in the system.
The report states that in this quarter, the Commission has received the highest complaints from Thimphu with sixteen, followed by Dagana with seven and Sarpang Dzongkhags with six complaints. While, the Commission didn’t receives any complaint from Lhuntse and Gasa Dzongkhags.
The commission received the complaints through various mode of communication. For instance, complaint receives through ACC’s website; through fax; by post; through telephone and through walk in. While, the Commission received the highest complaints by post with 30 complaints and the least by telephone with only one complaint for this quarter. But through fax, commission received the complaints with ten and through walk in, it received with 19 complaints which make the second highest complaints for this quarter, states the report.
The report also states that, the commission saw the highest complaints through ACC’s website last quarter, but in this quarter Commission received the complaints through ACC’s website with only five complaints.
While, against the agencies, local government is the highest with 25 complaints. It was the highest in last quarterly report as well. This could be due to more power and funds with greater decentralization and while the commission didn’t received any complaint from Legislation, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Home and Culture Affairs, Ministry of Information and Communication and Ministry of Works and Human Settlement for this quarter, states the report.
The report also found out the types of corruption that exist in the country, amongst all types of corruption, the maximum complaints are on from the abuse of function with 25 complaints, embezzlement second with 10 complaints and least on bribery with one complaint.
Besides that, the report also found out that the highest number of complaints was 17, which accounts for 26.15 percent which was on resources that is funds and property as this is the most vulnerable area for abuse.
And the actions on complaints are classified into Investigate, Discreet Inquiry, Share with Agencies and Drop / Database. In the ‘Share’ category, there are two types, sharing of complaints with agencies either for sensitization or action, states the report.
While, 37 complaints are qualified for share out of which 9 were shared with relevant agencies for sensitization, 21 complaints were dropped, five kept for discreet inquiry and two qualified for investigation.
Meanwhile, during this reporting period, the Commission has received more known complaints with 43 and unknown with 22. It signifies that people’s awareness on reporting complaints and confidence in ACC.