Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in her electoral pledges in the last three national polls vowed to show zero tolerance for corruption, ensure service-oriented and accountable administration, and put more focus on infrastructure development. However, it has been noticed that Sheikh Hasina for several times expressed her dismay over the irregularities, mismanagement, corruption and delay in completing development projects. She also came up with warning that her government would never tolerate this (corruption), all would have to be held responsible for their own duties, and all have to perform their duties properly.
On Tuesday during Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) meeting, she again noted that although some of the accused officials involved in the irregularities have already gone into retirement, but those officials would not be spared and thus would be brought to book under the Public Demands Recovery (PDR) Act. Sheikh Hasina also asked the authorities concerned to punish those who are responsible for the alleged irregularities and deviations from the rules and regulations.
The officials concerned of different
development projects will have to
work with utmost sincerity and honesty
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She also asked the executing agencies concerned to finish the work as per the new timeframe. But the fact is that a section of government officials and employees are allegedly still indulging in corruption and taking bribes from the service seekers. And this same grim scenario prevails in all service sectors across the country under the very nose of the authorities concerned. Besides, we think the officials and employees who do not perform their duties are also corrupt like those who indulge in corruption and take bribes.
Implementation of many development projects are facing challenges due to delay, alleged irregularities and mismanagement. Therefore, the officials concerned of different development projects will have to work with utmost sincerity and honesty to further speed up the works which witnessed a halt during the coronavirus pandemic. Besides, importance should be attached on keeping transparency of works and preventing waste of public money in the projects.
The top government officials must keep more vigil against corruption so that this menace does not affect the country's development in any way. Besides, top bureaucrats like the senior secretaries and secretaries of various ministries and divisions will also have to issue directives to their colleagues up to the grassroots level about graft and make them aware in this regard. We believe the corruption will be reduced automatically if people become aware against corruption.