A corruption free society
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.