Cor­rup­tion Chal­lenge

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

The Asian De­vel­ope­ment Bank's 20th by 2020 Re­port on Bhutan states that from 44 per­cent in 2008, cases of fraud, cor­rup­tion and em­bez­zle­ment re­lated to lo­cal gov­ern­ment had in­creased to 98 per­cent last year. The re­port states that with about 40 to 45 per­cent of the na­tional bud­get spent on pro­cure­ment, it would con­tinue to re­main the pri­mary area of vul­ner­a­bil­ity if rel­e­vant ca­pac­i­ties in the gov­ern­ment were not en­hanced.

Data also re­vealed that vi­o­la­tion of pro­cure­ment rules con­sti­tuted about 25 per­cent of the to­tal ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in 2010, which de­clined to 9 per­cent in 2013. At the lo­cal level, it has in­creased from 3.5 per­cent to 25 per­cent last year.

Bhutan has been try­ing to hold its 20th rank on the Cor­rup­tion Per­cep­tion In­dex (CPI) for some time or even to im­prove it but it is fac­ing tough chal­lenges.

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