The International Anti-Corruption Day was observed in Jamalpur with the slogan 'We are united against corruption for the sake of development, peace and security'. The district administration, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) integrated district office and District Anti-Corruption Committee (DUPRAC) officials were present in the event.
The day’s programme was inaugurated by playing the national anthem and blowing balloons on the district ACC office premises. A human chain was formed at Bakultala square in the city at 9am. People from various classes and professions including government, private institutions, civil society, journalists participated in the district.
Later, Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) presided over the discussion held in the conference room of the Deputy Commissioner highlighting the significance of the day.
Malay Kumar Saha, Deputy Director of ACC Integrated District Office called for accelerating ACC activities and launching social movement against corruption. District Anti-Corruption Committee President Professor Masum Alam Khan, Civil Surgeon Dr. Pranoy Kanti Das, Additional Superintendent of Police Masood Anwar, Zilla Parishad Chief Executive Officer Munmun Liza, District Anti-Corruption Committee Member Syazad Ansari, Journalist Anwar Hossain Mintu, and cultural workers participated in the discussion.
Jahangir Salim, General Secretary of the District Corruption Prevention Committee, performed the overall responsibility of the event, including forming the human chain. Anti-corruption mobile Baul Sangeet was performed at various important places of Jamalpur city throughout the day. Besides, posters and banners were displayed across the city and at intersections. Deputy Commissioner Md Moshiur Rahman said that five percent of people in the country are corrupt and 95 percent are victims of corruption.
BSS from Rajshahi adds: Integrated efforts of all the government, non-government and volunteer organisations can be the best way of ensuring non-violent atmospheres everywhere in the society for the sake of its successful advancement.
Proactive role of the civil society, including the youth, has become crucial for making the society non-violent and peaceful for attaining the cherished development.
Academics, professional leaders and development activists made the observation while addressing a national seminar titled "United for Peace:
Peace Multipliers join hands from grassroots to national level Lessons Learnt and Future Steps" here Saturday. On behalf of their "Strengthening Young and Adult Peace Multipliers in Bangladesh (AHIMSA)" project, DASCOH Foundation, Manab Kallyan Parishad
(MKP), National Conflict Transformation Platform (NCTP), NETZ Bangladesh jointly organised the seminar at Shah Dine Convention Hall in Rajshahi city.
Professor Tanzima Yeasmin, chairman of the Department of Biochemistry at Rajshahi University, addressed the seminar as the chief guest while Chief Executive Officer of DASCOH Foundation Akramul Haque was in the chair.
Editor of Daily Sonar Desh Akbarul Hassan Millat, MKP Executive Director Rabiul Islam, RUFAO Executive Director Afzal Hossain and Deputy Director of the Department of Youth Development Zabed Iqbal spoke as special guests.
During her keynote presentation, NETZ Programme Manager Afsana Binte Amin gave an overview of the project along with its aims, objectives and implementation strategy together with, so far, achievements.
MKP Programme Coordinator Rashedul Islam Liton and Dr Nurunnahar Soma from DASCOH Foundation also spoke on the occasion. They told the meeting that 1,440 young key actors at 32 high schools consisting of 960 members of 32 student forums, 480 members of 32 theatre groups and 640 students as self-defense were given practical knowledge on the issue.
Apart from this, 128 adult key actors at 32 high schools consisting of 64 teachers and 64 SMC members, 510 adult key actors in 22 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) comprising 16 CSOs at union level, four CSOs at sub-district level and 2 district level each with 25 members were given ideas. The discussants unanimously viewed that cooperation between inclusive civil society groups and public authorities and their application of non-violent approaches in the targeted communities should be promoted for ensuring non-violent atmosphere through mitigating all sorts of conflicts.
In her remarks, Prof Tanzima Yeasmin said utmost emphasis should be given on enhancing civic-public networking for peace building initiatives and visibility of good practices.
Joint efforts of local government representatives and community people have become indispensable to stop direct and indirect forms of violence against ethnic minority people.