The Na­tional Day vow

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

The In­ter­na­tional Anti cor­rup­tion day was cel­e­brated last Wed­nes­day with the theme break the cor­rup­tion chain. Fight­ing cor­rup­tion is a global con­cern be­cause cor­rup­tion is found in both rich and poor coun­tries, and ev­i­dence shows that it hurts poor peo­ple dis­pro­por­tion­ately. It con­trib­utes to in­sta­bil­ity, poverty and is a dom­i­nant fac­tor driv­ing frag­ile coun­tries to­wards state fail­ure.

The sec­re­tary gen­eral of UN has stressed the need for the global at­ti­tudes to­wards cor­rup­tion that have changed dra­mat­i­cally.

The new 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment to end poverty and en­sure lives of dig­nity for all, rec­og­nizes the need to fight cor­rup­tion in all its as­pects and calls for sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tions in il­licit fi­nan­cial flows as well as for the re­cov­ery of stolen as­sets.

The United Na­tions Con­ven­tion against Cor­rup­tion pro­vides a com­pre­hen­sive plat­form for gov­ern­ments, non-govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions, civil so­ci­ety, and in­di­vid­ual cit­i­zens. Through preven­tion, crim­i­nal­iza­tion, in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion and as­sets re­cov­ery, the Con­ven­tion ad­vances global progress to­ward end­ing cor­rup­tion.

In case of Bhutan as per Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional’s Cor­rup­tion Per­cep­tion In­dex (CPI) rank­ing in 2006, its score has im­proved over the years .Bhutan has moved up from the 49th po­si­tion in 2009 to be­ing ranked as the 30th least cor­rupt coun­tries in 2014 out of 177 coun­tries. In the Asia-Pa­cific, Bhutan is the 6th least cor­rupt coun­try.

Last year the Na­tional As­sem­bly of Bhutan also ap­proved the Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion’s pro­posal to rat­ify the UN Con­ven­tion against Cor­rup­tion. This is a mile­stone to en­sure that Bhutan’s le­gal anti-cor­rup­tion frame­works are in line with in­ter­na­tional good prac­tice.

As per the UNDP as­sess­ment of Bhutan’s in­tegrity in­fra­struc­ture from last year found that curb­ing out cor­rup­tion re­quires that high-level of­fi­cials in both the ex­ec­u­tive and leg­isla­tive branches are sen­si­tized on their obli­ga­tions to set the ex­am­ple for oth­ers. Glob­ally, the ju­di­ciary is per­ceived by the pub­lic as be­ing the most cor­rup­tion­prone sec­tor af­ter the po­lice.

As we take note of the above it be­comes im­por­tant what His Majesty the King said dur­ing the Na­tional Day speech last year.. His Majesty the King was deeply con­cerned about the cor­rup­tion creep­ing into our so­ci­ety and said that the great­est risk for na­tional de­vel­op­ment would be posed by cor­rup­tion if it is left unchecked.

He said when the cor­rupt are not held to ac­count those who ob­serve dili­gence, work hard and pro­fes­sion­ally are most likely to be dis­cour­aged. Cor­rup­tion must be cur­tailed and more than ever be­fore and ex­tra­or­di­nary ser­vice must be rec­og­nized and re­warded.

As we move for­ward to cel­e­brate the 108th Na­tional Day this week, re­mem­ber what our great leader had said and if you fol­low what he had said, it is the best way to pay our homage and re­spect to our Great King.

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