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TIB and Profile of MPs October 24, 2012

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Transparency International Bangladesh recently published a report on the performance of MPs in Bangladesh. It was observed that 149 of sitting MPs representing 97% were engaged in negative activities. and 70% of them were involved in criminal activities and among them, 53.5% MPs are directly engaged. Of the 149 MPs , 141 are male and 8 female , 136 from Treasury Bench members, 27 are ministers and state ministers and 13 opposition law makers.

The negative activities include influencing administrative works, interfering developmental activities, misusing developmental funds, being involved in or support the criminal activities, influence the purchase procedures, break the electoral law, grave plots etc.

The report added that people are little satisfied with their role in fulfilling electoral pledges, representing the locality in the parliament, participation in the developmental works and communicating with the people.

The report pointed that the causes for involving in negative activities are using the MP post for earning, structural limitation such as obligation to the party, extra-administrative responsibility, not oblige to disclose information, absence of punishment specially of the government law makers, lack of exercise of democratic values.

The report also recommends increasing participation of the lawmakers in the parliament by freeing them from administrative and developmental works, abolishingg the provision for boycotting the parliament, cutting the leave of MPs from 90 days to 30 days, not to remain absent for 7 days at a stress, giving the opposition their due share, electing deputy speaker from opposition, resigning of speaker from the party and making provision for electing him uncontested in the next parliament, abolishing clause 70 of the constitution and making the MPs free to vote on different issues in the parliament.

and to discourage the negative activities the report suggests framing rule of conduct for the MPs, taking actions against negative activities, publishing statement of income and expenditure, wealth, loan , income tax, criminal cases, development allotment etc, to aware the public about the duties and responsibilities of the law makers by the media and election commission etc.

After the disclosure of the report the citizen groups and common people found the report reflected their views but the government reacted sharply to the report. They view the report as incorrect and as a conspiracy to encourage non-political transition of the government.

The officials of TIB rejected the objection and argued the report is based on actual perception of people.

An ordinary citizen

Reference Link: Report of TIB on MPs

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.

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…)

TIB reports corruptions in NGOs in Bangladesh October 6, 2007

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Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) Research Officer Shadhan Kumar Das presented a study titled ‘Problems in good governance in the NGO sector: the way forward’ in a discussion meeting at Cirdap Auditorium in the capital recently. TIB trustee Board chairman Professor Mujaffar Ahmed presided over the meeting.

The study took into account the activities of 20 NGO’s operating in different districts of six division in the country. On them, one is an international NGO, eight are national NGOs and 11 are local NGOs.

The study observed that many NGO’s are registered with the government in exchange of bribes and some of those have existence only in paper and the government officials assisted them in the process.

The range of corruption could not be assessed as the NGOs did not provide TIB with adequate information and the NGO chiefs did not cooperate properly. The study said.

Due to lack of transparency and autocratic attitude of the NGO chiefs, an environment is created where corrupt practices become obvious. They are not accountable to the beneficiaries, rather to the donors’ TIB Chairman said. There are only a few NGOs that receive 90 % of the resources from the donors, he added.

TIB Trustee Board Chairman cautioned that involving politics with rights-based activities may bring about dangerous result.

The study found that the NGO activities are inflated to the donors to bring money for addressing problems that are actually artificial.

The Author said that due to weak institutional framework, the NGO Affairs Bureau cannot monitor the NGO activities, while the NGOs give more than enough gifts to the donors to satisfy them and cover up their irregularities.

The study said that selection of employees and selection of auditors are not regular. The procurement process of the materials is also not transparent. Retired high officials are appointed in the Governing body to help in the administration.

The study recommends a) formation of an independent umbrella body to monitor the NGOs’ activities b) formulation of a guideline for formation of governing bodies c) making all information of the NGO’s available to the stakeholders d) holding the NGOs accountable to the government, donors and beneficiaries.

The ordinary citizen had also bad experience with NGO. When he was about to have a contract with an NGO, he was cautioned not to poke into the deep of the matters.

An ordinary citizen

Post Script:


The Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh reacted strongly against disclosure of the facts in the study and also the comment passed by the Chairman of TIB.

Ref: The Daily Star, Prothom Alo 5/10/07, Daily Star 6/10/07


11 Nov 07

Akbar Ali Khan, Ex Adviser said that the NGOs are becoming business minded. Very few NGO’s has got transparency and accountabilty.

13 Nov 07

NBR asked the commercial bbanks to freeze all the accounts of Proshika Cahirperson Quazi Faroque Ahmed and his family members.