Ad­vo­cacy against cor­rup­tion and to­wards a more trans­par­ent and ac­count­able world

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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.

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