Let’s fight corruption together
Although Bhutan is free of corruption and ranked 27th position out of 176 countries and 6th rank in the Asia Pacific region in 2016 as per Transparency International Corruption Index and by 2020, it is expected to jump to 20th position as there is room for improvement.
For the 12th Five Year Plan (FYP), as a mandatory, the National Key Result Areas (NKRA) has been maintained placing emphasis on fighting corruption as a national objective which provides opportunity for greater synergy and strategic partnership among the public and private agencies to strengthen and sustain our collectively effort to prevent and fight corruption by anti-corruption commission of Bhutan.
A recent sensitization program includes sensitize on the 12th NKRA to reduce corruption, facilitate agencies in integrating anti-corruption agenda in respective plans and programs, foster partnership in the fight against corruption and inform on various anti-corruption tools.
According to the section 36 (1) of Chapter 3 of Anti-Corruption Act of Bhutan 2011 states that “Public agency heads shall have a duty to develop, maintain and implement anti-corruption measures in their individual agency, whether or not as a result of investigation of corrupt conduct in their agencies.
In line with that, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) sensitized on the 12th FYP on national key result area (NKRA) to reduce act of corruption to heads of agencies.
According to the section 9 of Article 8 of Constitution of Kingdom of Bhutan states that “Every person shall have to duty to uphold justice and act against corruption.” And it should be collective responsibilities of citizens of the country irrespective of gender, religion….. to curb corruption.
Even, ACC had sensitized the role of media and CSOs in 12th FYP as media and CSOs identified as key collaborators in preventing corruption.
As a prevention and education efforts made by ACC are key factors in fighting corruption. The institute administered anti-corruption tools such as corruption risk management (CRM) and integrity diagnostic test (IDT) in public agencies as a part of mainstreaming anti-corruption measures, published research reports on corruption and system studies, and also engaged citizens in building anti-corruption consciousness in order to empower them to act against corruption.
His Majesty The King had said that corruption is unambiguous-there is no great or small corruption. And no one can be above the law. But there is an even greater threat-ignoring corruption.
So for that fighting corruption is a collective responsibility and let us be part of it.
As a close society complacency has been made our life more difficult to fight corruption. For that fighting corruption together will make far reaching consequences for us and our future generations.