The con­cerns need to be ad­dressed

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

The na­tional coun­cil while de­lib­er­at­ing on the an­nual re­port of the Anti Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion last Tues­day rec­og­nized the role of ACC as piv­otal in elim­i­nat­ing cor­rup­tion in the coun­try. The mem­bers strongly sup­ported the need for ad­e­quate fund­ing and hu­man re­sources and com­mended the role played by the com­mis­sion in its pol­icy to fo­cus on pre­ven­tion, ed­u­ca­tion and in­ves­ti­ga­tion of cor­rup­tion in the coun­try.

The house ap­proved the rec­om­men­da­tions sub­mit­ted by the good gov­er­nance com­mit­tee.

The first rec­om­men­da­tions of the com­mit­tee were the fini­cal se­cu­rity of the Anti Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion. It is re­ported that 58% of the ACC bud­get has been meet through the sup­port from Swiss De­vel­op­ment Co­op­er­a­tion and other de­vel­op­ment part­ners with­out which the com­mis­sion would have been hard pressed to reach so far.

With the de­par­ture of SDC from Bhutan im­mi­nent, the re­source gap will also have to be met from pub­lic re­sources which will en­tail a sub­stan­tial in­crease from the gov­ern­ment ex­che­quer.

At this crit­i­cal junc­ture, ACC can­not af­ford to let up on the anti-cor­rup­tion mo­men­tum so far and hence, the im­per­a­tive need for suf­fi­cient funds to be al­lo­cated to ACC to sus­tain and main­stream its anti-cor­rup­tion pro­grams. Al­ter­na­tive fi­nanc­ing meth­ods such as an­chor­ing its bud­get to a pro­por­tion of the na­tional bud­get, charg­ing of ex­pen­di­ture di­rectly to the con­sol­i­date fund need to be ex­plored.

The sec­ond chal­lenge faced by ACC is with re­gard to the hu­man re­sources de­vel­op­ment and its peren­nial hu­man re­sources con­straints The com­mis­sion has al­ready been work­ing closely with RCSC to ad­dress this is­sue. Be­sides the fur­ther study pro­grams there are re­quire­ment for ex­coun­try manda­tory ba­sis cour­ses for the com­mis­sion of­fi­cials in the di­verse field of anti cor­rup­tion as well as spe­cial­ized train­ings in in­ves­ti­ga­tion and associated fields.

The re­source gap will have to meet from the pub­lic re­sources. Fur­ther the cur­rent pol­icy of the gov­ern­ment on the HRD pol­icy does not nor­mally al­low cour­ses and train­ings out­side the coun­try through the gov­ern­ment fund­ing. There­fore, there are two in­ter­con­nected el­e­ments that need to be ad­dressed of which the pol­icy on HRD needs to be looked into to en­able ACC to con­tinue to train its staff. The sec­ond would be that ACC should be pro­vided with ad­e­quate bud­getary pro­vi­sions needed to be made for the hu­man re­sources.

The im­por­tance of such cour­ses and train­ings needs to be un­der­scored. The rapid ad­vance­ments in tech­nol­ogy cou­pled with the in­ge­nu­ity of the cor­rupt de­mands en­force­ment agen­cies such as ACC to keep com­men­su­rate space by con­stantly up­grad­ing the knowl­edge and skills so as to main­tain rel­e­vancy and ef­fec­tive­ness in pre­vent­ing and cor­rup­tion.

The other rec­om­men­da­tions were the strength­en­ing of cor­rup­tion – re­lated jus­tice sys­tem, man­age­ment of seized goods and prop­er­ties and the fronting men­ace.

As the cen­tral cor­rup­tion con­trol agency and an in­sti­tu­tion to uphold the con­sti­tu­tional man­date, the con­cerns need to be ad­dressed for a cor­rup­tion free so­ci­ety.

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