Let’s fight cor­rup­tion to­gether

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

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.

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