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Surunjit Sengupta resigned -Fall of a Stalwart April 19, 2012

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Surunjit Sengupta, the new appointed Railway Minister has resigned over an incident of carrying illegal money of 70 lacs to the minister’s house by his APS accompanied by a DGM and a security officer. Initially he tried to ignore the incident but as the facts were coming out, Suranjit preferred to quit the ministry taking the responsibility but at the same time claming his innocence in the matter.
People appreciated his move and thought that his resignation would create a glorious example in our political history as such resignation is an unseen phenomenon in our political horizon.

Suranjit Sengupta created an idealistic image for himself in his long political career. He was elected as an MP in every general election once he started contesting in his constituency for the post in the seventies. He started his politics in leftist front, then hanged over to secular political stream of AL.

Suranjit in his farewell conference with the press from the Ministry said that he was leaving the job for fair inquiry of the incident so that his position doesn’t interfere with the process of justice. He boldly expressed that he was quitting the job to uphold democracy and he was also leaving politics only to come back if proved innocent.

People was feeling sympathy for this great politician of the soil.

But only a day later he was reappointed as a Minister without a portfolio by the Prime Minister and Suranjit didn’t refused to join to uphold his old ideals.
At the same time it was disclosed that his son was given a telecommunication licence that required Tk. 5 crore as initial fee and will require more Tk.400 crore to start the full function of the company. ACC (Anti Corruption Commission) started inquiry into the source of money from where his son accumulated the wealth. The inquiry is still continuing.
Inquiry is also continuing for the primary event. News disclosed that the money were the excess from the bribes taken for the appointment for the employees in the railway department.

But nobody expect a fall of a stalwart like Suranjit Sengupta.

An ordinary citizen

Acknowledgment: the cartoon is from Bengal Newz

TIB report, findings and reactions December 27, 2010

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TIB has published its report on the state of corruption in different government and non government service sectors in 8angladesh.The survey was conducted between June 2009 to May 2010 in 6000 households at Thana level.

In the survey judiciary came out as the most corrupt sector, followed by Law Enforcement, Land Reform and Board of Revenues.

TIB is conducting the surveys since 1997 at every 2 years interval. This is the first time that they are facing the steepest criticism. The Law Minister said that the report is not correct. The State Minister for Law expressed that the report was designed to demean the government and the judiciary and to jeopardize the trial of war criminals of 1971 and warned that legal actions will be taken against the executives of TIB. The police said that the report tarnished the image of the police department and the method followed is not fact-based.. Defamation cases have been filed against TIB bosses at Comilla and Chittagong. Though the case of Comilla has been canceled but the magistrate at Chittagong summoned the accused to appear before the court.

Mr. Iftekharuzzaman,Executive Director of TIB said the survey was made on scientific statistical method following international standard, that they are ready to face the court. He also opined that the promptness the court has shown against them is expected in all cases by the common people. Mr. Golam Rahman, Chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission said at the disclosure that the corruption is more widespread than that shown in the report, that the report shows corruption at the lower level, that higher level corruption is more than the lower level.

The report came when the ranking of Bangladesh leaped to 10 from 7.The report is showing corruption is increased in key sectors with no significant change in the ranking.The Daily Star,the leading English Newspaper in its editorial sharply criticized the government attitude. Daily Prothom Alo, leading Bangla vernacular also condemned the way the Government and its different organs reacted to the report. Most positive comment came from Surunjit Sen Gugta,MP and Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Law and Parliamentary Affairs, who says that they may summon Law Minister for hearing on the findings after interviewing the TIB Executives.

An ordinary citizen

Follow up:
The supreme court has formed a 5 member committee to inquire into the allegations against the judiciary in the TIB report. The TIB is asked to submit the details of the report to the sub-committee.
TIB welcome the gesture of the supreme count and they will cooperate to their best
Supreme court opined that the report all the data in relation to the report.TIB obliged.
Supreme court said they need more information and asked for the hard copy of the report. TIB submitted. Then supreme court then invited the 3 bosses of TIB to have a cup of tea with them. TIB attended and exchanged information over the smoke of the tea.
After judging all information Supreme court concluded that TIB report is incomplete and not specific. There is no directive in the report to help them and they blame t judiciary inappropriately.
However, supreme court formed a committee of its own to inquire into the state of corruption in the judicial system.
TIB commented that their objective is attained as they could make supreme court aware of corruption in judicial system.

ACC Controversy May 10, 2010

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From Daily Star 10/5/2010

A new controversy arises regarding ACC (Anti- Corruption Commission) of Bangladesh with the comment of Mohiuddin khan Alamgir, MP and Chairman of the Public Acctts Committee of Parliament when he says that ACC should be abolished. He argued that when an organization only serve the purpose of the masters then it has no right to exit. He also urges apology from the present ACC for their wrongdoings during the last Caretaker Government.

Present ACC Chief Golam Rahman denied to apologize arguing that ACC is an institution,not an individual. It can’t apologise to anybody.

If we accept the logic of MKA, then many of the Govt and Non-Govt organizations will be needed to be abolished including the police forces. That will be an absurd thing one can imagine.

We should plea for not to abolish the ACC but to strengthen it and make it more independent and autonomous.

An ordinary citizen

Link: Breaking the ACC’s back- ANM Nurul Hoque in Daily Star

Neutered ACC-Shahedul Anam Khan in Daily Star

ACC is frustrated over its own state and state of judiciary in Bangladesh October 25, 2009

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The  Chief of Anti-Corruption Commission(ACC)  recently expressed his frustration over ts own state and state of  judiaciary in relation to the corruption cases in Bangladesh.

BDnews24.com reports, the chief of watchdog said. ‘ the government is clipping the wings of the Anticorruption Commission, reducing some of its powers, in phases’.

After making the Anticorruption Commission a ‘tiger without teeth’, the process is underway to cut the nails from its claws,” ACC chairman Golam Rahman told reporters.

Rahman also said it is not possible to wipe out corruption due to the existing judicial system.

“It won’t be possible to remove corruption if the judicial system is not reformed in line with the reality,” he said.

“If the judges are not tough against the corrupt people they would continue to commit more corruption under the umbrella of law”.

ACC chairman also commented that, “It is not possible to prevent high-level corruption without a strong political will. 

The present government has formed a committee for recommendation on the Anti-Corruption Commission. ACC boss probably reacted  to the notice served by the committee.

An ordinary citizen

A Daily’s crusade to save our rivers September 20, 2009

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Save Rivers, Save Dhaka 1The rivers and canals of Dhaka over the years are being grabbed by the influentials and the greedies. So far no political power took any real initiative to free the rivers and canals from the gravers. As a consequence, drainage of water of Dhaka city is grossly affected, many of the areas inundated by a small rain water, pure water become scarcy and diarrhoea spread like havoc within short time. The rivers are not only becoming thinner, the water is also polluted by the waste of the facotories and industries so much so that WASA becomes unable to supply fresh water to the inhibitants of the capital, the fishes are dying under the pollution and the water become so thick that even swimming at places is impossible and navigation through rivers become difficult.

Save Rivers, Save Dhaka 3
When the political power fails, il’s a Daily in Bangladesh that virtually started a crusade against the grabbers. It has started to publish investigative reports on the state of the rivers relentlessly. It’s pictorial presentations have caught the eyes of many. Even Prime Minister Sk Hasina feels concern and orders the related authorities to take immediate measures and declares that her government will take stern actions against the wrongdoers.

We are not sure how far Government would succeed in fulfilling its pronouncement but we appreciate the effort made by a Daily, the Daily Star of Bangladesh to make the life of the citizens healthy and comfortable. A pioneer TV channel, Channel Eye forms a partnership with the Daily in the endevour.

An ordinary citizen

Links:

Save rivers, Save Dhaka

Our rivers, our dreams-Morshed Ali Khan

Google search on river

Resignation of Hasan Mashhud and an Independent Anti-Corruption Commission April 3, 2009

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hasan-mashhudLt General(Rt) Hasan Mashhud has resigned from the post of Chairman of Anti-Corruption Commission. He was appointed during the tenure of last Caretaker Goverment. He took up the job as a mission ‘to remove corruption from Bangladesh politics and Administration’. As a part to achieve his objectives, ACC filed charges against hundreds of politicians,some beaucrates and few businessmen. Many politicians including two Prme Ministers were arrested and put under arrest for months together but most of them came out of the jail on the verdict of the higher courts or with the change of the government.

He also tried to develop awareness against the corruption as a part of social movement for which he travelled different parts of the country and led many processions of students and of common people.

Politicians of both the major parties were critical of treatment of them by ACC during the Caretaker government.

He didn’t directly blame anybody and told in a brief press conference before his leaving the office that a new leadership is necessary for Anti-Corruption Commission in the changed environement.

The State Minister of Law Advocate Kamrul Islam has expressed satisfaction on his resignation. BNP leaders asked to inquire into the corruption of the former ACC Chairman during his tenure. Citizens’ leaders Professor Muzaffar Ahmed and Dr. Akbar Ali Khan expressed concern on his resignation.

Politicians will feel relief with the resignation of the General Mashhud. But many people will remember him as a crusader who tried to contain corruption but failed to succeed for necessary legal, political, administrative and policy support.

With the resignation of General Mashhud, the responsibility of the new goverrnment is rather increased. People want to see an independent Anti-Corruption Commissison working in Bangladesh which is equally important for this government to achieve its goal of vision 2021.

The ordinary citizens would like the government to heed the point and would take necessary steps to make the ACC independent and effective.

An ordinary citizen

Opinions:
Out with the lonely warrior- Daily Star
Who will be affected on Mushhud’s resignation? Motiur Rahman Prothom Alo
But the fighte still remains- Abdullah A dewan, Michigan University

Judiciary frustrates the Election Commission December 21, 2008

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A chamber judge of the appellate division of Supreme Court has ordered Election Commission to accept nominations of some convicted candidates recently after the final list of candidates were published by the Election Commission.[PA]The candidatures were earlier rejected by the EC as they were convicted for more than 2 years by the special court.

One of such candidates is Lutfuruzzaman Babar, Ex State Minister for Home who was convicted for seventeen years for keeping unathorised weapon in his possession. He has half a dozen more case against him.

The oder of the higher court has made the work of EC difficult.

Chief Election Commissioner in his reaction said that they will have to follow the order of the higher court. But the court has taken them as superman and they could accomodate any instruction at any time and even if it comes on the day of election they will accommodate.
When asked by the journalists whether court does not want election, he replied better to ask the court.[PA]

This court a few days back rejected the appeal of Nazmull Huda on the same ground and the Chief Justice along with two judges of the Supreme Court came to a decision that no more convict or loan defaulters will be allowed to compete in the election as the final list of candidates is published.

Interestingly one of the judges who was in the decision making in the morning later went against his own decision in the evening.[PA]

So far 21 new candidates will have to accommodate newly in the ballot papers. Old ballots of lakhs of Taka have to burn out and new ballot papers are required to publish. The complexity creates tremendous pressure on the EC and they are frantically searching the way out.

When the whole nation is waiting for a fair and free election and EC is trying to make a qualitative change in our system, the higher judiciary frustrates the Election Commission.

Along with the EC, people are also feeling frustrated. The frustration is magnified as the non-cooperation is coming, otherwise, from the seat of confidence. Here lies the agony of the common people.

An ordinary citizen

BIMSTEC summit 2008 held November 14, 2008

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Links :
BIMSTEC summit for enhancing co-operation[Xinhua]

BIMSTEC summit declares close co-operation for combating terrorism and transnational ctrime [Asian Tribune]

SUMMIT praises the idea of Food Bank[Earth Times]

BIMSTEC is to fight crisis together [Daily Star]

Web site of BIMSTEC[...]

Bangladesh at 10th in Transparency International 2008 report -expectation not fulfilled September 24, 2008

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Transparency International report on corruption has been published. Bangladesh is at 10th position from the bottom.

In Corruption Perception Inde (CPI) TI ranked 180 countries. Bangladesh at 147th rank with Russia, Syria and Kenya ( CPI score 2.1), Somalia at the bottom 180th CPI 1, Iraq and Myanmar second last position with CPI 1.3. 

Best score was done by Denmark, New Zeland and Sweden (9.3), then Finland, Swezerland (9.2). UK scored 7.7, USA 7.3, Japan 7.3, Malaysia 5.1, India 3.4, SriLanka 3.2, Pakistan 2.5.

 Bangladesh position was 7 in 2007. Before that , bangladesh was in number 1 position for 5 years consecutively. This time Bangladesh position is little improved but not significantly. People had more expectation of improvement in TI report than Bangladesh actually achieved.

The expectation was  created after 1/11 with  the agenda declared and effort given by the new care taker government to eradicate corruption in our country. But the effort couldn’t get the success because of lack of commitment from all sectors, weakess in the legal system, political complexity, biased attiude of the authorities etc or the very approach to combat the corruption was not scientific.

Still the litte progress we have made is to e considerd and the campaign that we have started is needed to be carried on in the coming years unabatedly.

We have learned that corruption couldn’t be eliminated by force rather the institutions-ACC, Judiary should have to be grown and let them work independently . Only then we can hope for a state of minimum corruption and a better place in TI report.

An ordinary citizen

Is it the end of ‘campaign against corruption’ in Bangladesh? August 29, 2008

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One after another the accused political leaders who were arrested after 1/11 and in the jail for months are getting bail from the high court in a stream. What was unthinkable few weeks back, is now a reality. Accused are getting bail sometimes from multiple cases at a time.

We are not against the bail. We believe that one must not put behind bar until he is convicted by the court.

But people are concern whether government has shifted from its declared objective-to make the society corruption free. Does the government compromised with the political forces on the issue? Or is it a mere shift of strategy?

The ordinary citizen sometimes feel confused when High Court give bail to someone and at the same time suspends all activities of the case for months.

Is the government being defeated to its own liberated legal system or is the court merely carrying out the verdict of the government? Was ‘corruption free Bangladesh’ a impossible proposition?

The true story will be unfolded in near future but the change in situation makes many happy.

But are we going back to square one?

An ordinary citizen

Annexe:
Anisur Rahman on present political situation-‘We must have to say this’ [PA]

Moshiul Alam ‘What instance will the caretaker government leave behind? [PA]

Hafizuddin Ahmed, an ex-adviser of a past caretaker govenment expressed his frustration over the development[PA]

Transparency International blamed govt officials for 85% corruption in water sector in Bangladesh June 28, 2008

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The theme of Transparency International for this year is corruption in water sector throughout the world. It identifies corruption in water sector is an unidentified threat for development and sustainability.
They have also studied the corruption in this sector in Bangladesh and focus the image of corruption in water sector in Bangladesh in their main report. The study year is 2006.
It is said that government officials are responsible for 84.8% corruption in the country’s water sector while politicians and contractors are responsible for the rest. The Daily Star reports detail

An ordinary citizen

TIB fails to appreciate the ongoing drive against corruption in Bangladesh June 19, 2008

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Despite common expectations, graft increases in Bangladesh under ongoing drive by the caretaker government,said TIB (Transparency International Bangladesh) in its latest report.[DS][PA]
Some of the sectors are more affected than the others like police, rapid action battalion, joint forces and land administration.
In terms of magnitude, law enforcing agencies including the joint forces, police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) were found to be the most corrupt while land administration was found the most corrupt in terms of the amount of bribe that went into any sector, according to the National Household Survey on Corruption 2007. (more…)

‘GATCO case is politically motivated’ May 18, 2008

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I was reading an article in Prothom Alo written by Asif Nazrul, a professor of Dhaka University, Law Department where he said that Govt took very hard stand for the trial of the corruption cases. He accused that the measures taken by the government violates the human rights. (more…)

‘Understanding’ the ‘strategies’ of the present political forces in Bangladesh May 17, 2008

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The political parties didn’t respond to the address of the Chief Adviser(CA) of the caretaker Government(CTG) Dr. Fakhruddin Ali A as was expected by the people and the intelligentsia. It is become difficult for the ordinary citizen to understand the inner thinking of the political leaders by his limited information and knowledge. (more…)

Bloggers’ Unite for Human Rights:Creating a world without poverty May 15, 2008

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As Nobel Laureate Dr. Muhammad Yunus said in his acceptance speech of Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo in December 10 2006 ‘Poverty is the absence of all human rights.’ (more…)

Beneficiaries of corruption of a political system March 3, 2008

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When a political system is corrupt, not only the political leaders are benefited, the benefits may go to the political cadres of all strata of the parties, especially the party in power.

The party leaders attain the higher post in the government, assume greater responsibility, and enjoy more  privileges. The party cadres at different level also share the privileges. They get the contracts; get the tenders, selected for employment, preferred for admission, promotion, training at home and abroad.

Beaucracy is also benefited by corruption. They also took the advantages of corruption in the political system. They  take undue promotion, unhealthy privileges and participate in underhand negotiations. The government employs to the lowest level take the advantage of the system.

The businessmen also take the privilege of the  corrupt system. They procure orders in illegal ways, bypass taxes, compromise with the quality of goods and of works, they patronize the parties and take advantage in exchange. They themselves enter into politics, purchase the seats and purchase the voters.

The media also compromise and they don’t maintain the neutrality and they speak in the light of their political affiliation.

 The Judiciary is also afflicted. The appointment is compromised. The promotion is manipulated. They lost their judgment and they give verdict in favour of their political interest.

 The universities become sit of politics rather the seat of academic exercise. The teachers are more interested in discussing politics than principles. Getting good score in exams is more a matter of political connection than a matter of merit. The recruitment in faculty is also dictated by political menuaver than academic excellence.

 It seems that all are beneficiaries of a corrupt system of politics except the common people.

An ordinary citizen

Perception of corruption in the minds of politicians January 18, 2008

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After 1/11, when the present Caretaker Government (CTG) started arresting the politicians, most of them were from BNP, AL appreciated the move of the new government. When the CTG started arresting a few leaders of AL, AL tried to explain to the public that government is trying to balance the sheet.

BNP took the move as an attempt by the new government to crush the party.

General public was also under the illusion that the new government is more anti-BNP than anti-AL. The illusion was created more because of the speeches of the Chief of Army where he expressed his intention to declare Sk Mujibur Rahman as the Father of the Nation and set the history in its true form.

The new government continued its arrest spree and more and more AL leaders were arrested along with BNP leaders, few businessmen and some beaucrates. Government reiterated its stand that it is against all sorts of corruption by the politicians or by anybody else. As the advisers told the politicians are the leaders of the country, they are mainly responsible for the corruption prevailed in the country and they had created the environment for others to compel to adopt the corruption for them.

Government gradually increased its pressure on more powerful and son of a prime minister was arrested.

When allegation of corruption floated against the ex-prime ministers, one was heard to say that she had enough wealth from her parents and she didn’t touch any money by herself.

The political parties they belong also couldn’t accept the arrests. Acting President of AL Zillur Rahman many a times told that Hasina can’t involve in any corruption. He also told that arresting her is a conspiracy.

BNP leaders though took measures to reform the party and to make some changes in the party constitution, they also didn’t speak anything about the corruption of the party leaders. None of the factions told that there will no place of the corrupted leaders in the party. Rather strong allegations of corruption are there against the top leaders of the two factions.

Recently I had a talk with a close associate of a top party leader. He said that as there was corruption, there was flow of money. All the parties of a business deal would have been benefited from the deal. He asserted as there is no benefit now, the ADP is minimally implemented in the FY.

With the perception, politicians are above corruption and corruption is a necessity, how Bangladesh dreams of a country free of corruption in future?

An ordinary citizen

Extending the scope of Truth Commission November 1, 2007

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Formation of Truth Commission is underway. A Special Committee has been formed to formulate the necessary rules and regulation of the Truth Commission. Initially it was thought only for the businessmen as economy is being affected because of the arrest of businessmen and remain behind the bar for long. As an alternative they now will confess the guilt and refund the money they illegally acquired.

Initial proposal for the privilege only for the businessmen was criticized from different fronts. Question arises why the politician and others will not get the opportunity. Considering the reaction from the public and experts, Government has given a second thought to the idea and is making necessary adjustment.

Barrister Moinul Hossain, Law Adviser said that the committee is working on accommodating the politicians and for that it is taking a little more time. The politicians if they feel guilty of corruption they will confess and they will be barred from politics and they may escape jail.We guess that the politicians will also return their money illegally earned.

Still questions remain unanswered. What will happen to the beau crates and professionals? I think the law should be extended to cover the beau crates and professionals. They also should be allowed to confess the guilt, return the money and lose their job.

By extending the scope of Truth Commission, the Government would be able to clean the business, politics, beau cracy and professional arena of Bangladesh.

 An ordinary citizen

  

 

Separation of Judiciary (2): developments October 26, 2007

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In response to the Admin Cadre reaction, Barrister Moinul Hussain, Law Adviser said that he would meet with the secretaries and hope to come to a solution as these people are part of the government . If they have any grievance they can put it to the government.

Later the cadre leaders met with the Adviser and put their demands which they didn’t disclose publicly nor the Adviser told much in the public.

Then it was understood that Government is considering to accommodate some of the demands of the Admin cadre. These are-

1) to return some of the judicial power to the administrative officials

2) to remove the discrepancy between the service experiences required for the admin and judicial cadres to be absorbed in the judicial service

3) to prepare separate rooms for the judicial magistrates and not to vacate the offices and spaces occupied by the Admin Cadre magistrates

But the adjustment will ultimately depend on the approval of the Supreme Court.

Different organizations and individuals condemn the attitude and emotions expressed by the Admin Cadre. Among those are Association of Judicial Service, Supreme Court bar Association, Dr. Kamal Hussain and others .

Many appreciated the mover of the Government to separate the Judiciary. Professor Mujaffar Ahmed, Justice Naimuddin, Ex Adviser Akbar Ali Khan, AL, NAP are among them..

Some demanded the punishment of the Admin cadre officers who violated the code of conduct of the Government Service and dishonor the Court.

A case has been filed against 5 officers of the Admin cadre who were accusing the Government in the meeting for his attempt to separate the Judiciary from the Administration.

Rokonuddowla , the magistrate has been withdrawn from the magistracy and turned into an OSD. He also publicly seek apology for his mistake in the meeting.

Barrister Aminul Islam, President oof the Bar Association has expressed that the preventive power of magistracy will lie with the civil admin magistrates and there is no need of alteration of the set rules. Any deviation of the set rules will go against the spirit of separation, he said.

In spite of all the hue and cry about the separation, the Government is determined to separate the Judiciary officially on the 1st November 2007.

An ordinary citizen .

 

 

NGO controversy: Govt should make an inquiry into the affairs October 10, 2007

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After the disclosure of the study report of Transparency International Bangladesh titled ‘Problems in good governance in the NGO sector: The way forward’ released few days back,  the issue of corruption in NGO become a topic of arguments and counterarguments in the media and among the public.

The study which covered 20 representative NGOs from international, national and local groups revealed that the NGOs operating in Bangladesh are indulged in various irregularities and malpractices.

In the immediate reaction, Federation of NGOs refuted the allegations and said that the the study is not based on scientific methodology and a sweeping conclusion cannot be drawn on the samples of 20 where 3000 NGOs are working.

The FNB also said the information provided in the TIB report on NGOs’ governing bodies, their decision-making process, procurements, employees’ salaries, organisational management and inflated evaluations are not true for most NGOs.

In reply, TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman in a press release said , ‘The study report did not say that all the NGOs are corrupt. The report did not measure the individual range of corruption in individual NGOs in relation to their sizes, ways of getting funds, their ranges of work and their locations. The report even shows that the identified problems don’t exist in all the surveyed NGOs. There was not any sweeping comment on the NGO sector.”

Dr Iftekhar said in the release that the methodology used for the research is scientific and widely accepted. Data were collected through interviews with NGO officials of different levels, from case studies and focus group discussions (FGD), and through interviews with the main sources of information. “So it is absolutely logical to have a perception on the sector’s problems in good governance and its nature, through the scientifically extracted data on 20 chosen NGOs.”

Meanwhile, the Association of Development Agencies in Bangladesh (Adab) in a separate news release lambasted the TIB report claiming that the report had labelled 80 percent of the total 47,000 NGOs in the country as corrupt.

‘The methodology used in the study is faulty and information gathered from a faulty research cannot be acceptable,” said the Adab release signed by its Director Aminul Islam. A composite picture of the vast sector cannot be perceived on the basis of a survey of a mere 20 organizations’, the Adab director said in the release.

There are also other allegations against NGOs. One of the major allegations against he NGOs is their political involvement in elections and political programs and another allegation is the involvement of NGOs in the last year’s widespread protest, ransacking and fire of the garment factories

TIB study also reveals that it could get the cooperation of the NGO bosses and interview had to take from the employees going to their houses.

In the above background, the Government should make  an inquiry into the state of NGOs, their mode of operations and transactions of accounts and take necessary steps to regulate the NGO activities in our country to make it corruption free, transparent and accountable.

An ordinary citizen

 

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