A cor­rup­tion free so­ci­ety

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

T he Anti Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion of Bhutan re­cent third quar­terly re­port re­veals that the com­mis­sion has re­ceived 65 com­plaints dur­ing the quar­ter of the year start­ing from July till Septem­ber 2014 In com­par­i­son to the sec­ond quar­terly re­port, the num­bers of com­plaints have dropped sig­nif­i­cantly by about 54 com­plaints. One of the rea­son that lead to the drop was due to the tem­po­rary un­avail­abil­ity of re­port­ing cor­rup­tion com­plaints through the anti cor­rup­tion com­mis­sion (ACC) web­site. The other rea­son may be the en­gage­ment of the Com­plaint Man­age­ment Sec­tion staff in the in-house ca­pac­ity build­ing in Septem­ber dur­ing which com­plaints could not be regis­tered in the sys­tem.

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.

As Bhutan stands at 31th po­si­tion among 177 coun­tries as per the cor­rup­tion per­cep­tion in­dex of the Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional an in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion es­tab­lished with the vi­sion of world in which gov­ern­ment, pol­i­tics, business, civil so­ci­ety and the daily lives of peo­ple are free of cor­rup­tion. The rank is top among the SAARC coun­tries and fifth among the Asia Pa­cific re­gion.

Bhutan be­ing a small coun­try with a lit­tle pop­u­la­tion and the de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties be­ing funded by the donor agen­cies we can­not af­ford cor­rup­tion at any level. The lo­cal gov­ern­ment has the high­est num­bers of com­plaints , which needs im­me­di­ate re­me­dial mea­sures as the area cov­ered is quite large and the vil­lage peo­ple are di­rectly in­volved into it. At the same time we must ap­pre­ci­ate the ef­forts taken by the ACC of­fi­cials with the ad­vo­cacy cam­paign that ended re­cently.

.With the 12% of its pop­u­la­tion liv­ing be­low the poverty, cor­rup­tion can pose a great threat to our small so­ci­ety. As re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens each one of us we must all strive for a cor­rup­tion free so­ci­ety. As en­shrined in our con­sti­tu­tion “Ev­ery per­son shall have the duty to up hold jus­tice and to act against cor­rup­tion ‘and con­trib­ute to the na­tion build­ing.

Bhutan shot up five po­si­tions in this year’s cor­rup­tion per­cep­tion in­dex as com­pared to last year’s in­dex.

Bhutan stood at 33rd po­si­tion as the least cor­rupted coun­tries among some 176 coun­tries tak­ing Bhutan on the top po­si­tion among the SAARC coun­tries.

Among, the Asia-pa­cific re­gion, Bhutan ranked fifth.

Cor­rup­tion per­cep­tion in­dex shows Afghanistan, North Korea and So­ma­lia as the most cor­rupted coun­tries

The per­ceived cor­rup­tion was mea­sured in pub­lic sec­tor arena.

The Cor­rup­tion Per­cep­tions In­dex ranks coun­tries/ ter­ri­to­ries based on how cor­rupt a coun­try’s pub­lic sec­tor is per­ceived to be. It is a com­pos­ite in­dex, draw­ing on cor­rup­tion-re­lated data from ex­pert and business sur­veys car­ried out by a va­ri­ety of in­de­pen­dent and rep­utable in­sti­tu­tions.

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