Advocacy against corruption and towards a more transparent and accountable world
To celebrate our advocacy against corruption and towards a more transparent and accountable world with the theme united against corruption for development, peace and security, international anti-corruption day was celebrated yesterday in the capital organized by the Bhutan Transparency Initiative (BTI).
The Anti-Corruption Commission of Bhutan (ACC) actively promotes awareness and education on roundtables with companies. It also developed preventive measure and investigates case of corruption, which include corruption within the government and civil ser- vices. The ACC does not have powers of prosecution, but passes cases on to the Attorney General’s Office for prosecution.
The minister for works and human settlement, Lyonpo Dorji Choden said that the BTI has taken this initiative of getting the perception of the people on the services.
Basic services are part and parcel of good governance; and good governance and corruption are intrinsically linked.
Lyonpo said that in the history of Bhutan, it was not so long ago that the topic of corruption came into time light.
Lyonpo said “With the rapid pace of economic development in our country, there have been changes in the thinking of the people with the influence of self-interest leading to corrupt practices taking place in both the government and the private sector.”
Lyonpo said that “If appropriate steps are not taken now to stop this trend it will lead to problems in the future,
Lyonpo further said that at a time when we are establishing parliamentary democracy in the country, it is very important to curb and root out corruption from the very beginning. Therefore, it is imperative to establish the office of the Anti-Corruption Commission before the adoption of the constitution and build a strong foundation for the commission to effectively carry out its functions and responsibilities.
Responsibilities should be discharged with utmost loyalty and dedication to the government and the people, unaffected by any influence, showing full transparency and no discrimination whatsoever in the line of work, added the Lyonpo.
The Message from ACC Chairman, Kinley Yangzom said that the corruption can be the biggest impediment to achieving the national goal of gross national happiness in the country.
Recognizing its unaffordable high cost, anticorruption is on the top national agenda reflecting our commitment to tackling corruption in our society, said the Chairman.
“We remain ever grateful to His Majesty The King for the anti-corruption drive in the country. ACC acknowledges the critical role of Bhutanese citizens in our collective fight against corruption and thanks those for fulfilling the constitutional responsibility of acting against corruption.”
Meanwhile, Bhutan’s position in the global corruption ranking is at 27 and from the Asian country, Bhutan ranked in 6th position.
While, Thimphu ranked the highest with 85 percent as corrupted city followed by Chukha and Sarpang and the less corrupted Dzongkhag is Gasa with zero percent.