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Corruption and bribery reached at alarming level due to government’s misrule; Acting Secretary General calls for social resistance
Thursday, 30th June, 2016
Acting Secretary General of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, Dr. Shafiqur Rahman has issued the following statement on 30th June, 2016 expressing deep concern as the graph of severe corruption from a recent report revealed by TIB which claimed the citizens have to pay annually taka 88.21 billion in bribes to get services related to at least 16 sectors including health, education, security, power, gas, passport and judiciary.
 
“The findings of the TIB report confirmed that corruption and bribery has spread than ever during the regime of the present government. The incumbent government has launched a rule of graft and bribery. No work can be preceded without bribes. While delivering an address in the parliament on last 7th June, finance minister Abul Mal Abdul Muhith categorically admitted that, ‘the incident of looting that took place in the banking and financial sectors, is not general corruption, it was just huge. The development project expenditure is being increased due to such gross corruption.’  
 
Such confession of the finance minister raised question among the people that who were involved with such huge corruption? Perhaps the ruling party opportunists became richer through such misdeeds. But has the finance minister no responsibilities at all for such increasing malpractices? Can he avoid his liability by making some comments only? Concerned people demanded the resignation of the finance minister for his failures. The corruption and bribery has reached at such dreadful stage because of the government’s culture of nepotism and politicization. 
 
The government has institutionalized corruption by bringing ruling party people in the local government level offices including parliament, Upazila, municipality offices and Union council posts through holding a farcical election of rigging and violence. Transparency and accountability do not exist now anywhere within the administration. The ruling party leaders and activists and admin officers are making corruption altogether.
 
Already Bangladesh Bank decided to remove state owned Agrani Bank’s managing director in the line with the allegation of forgery, loan default scandal, corruption and misappropriation of money. He is accused of misappropriating 792 crore taka. Allegation of 300 crore taka has been raised against the Kanungo of Dhaka South City corporation. These incidents exposed the terrible situation of corruption nationwide. No nation can run in such a way.
 
Corruption, bribery and moral degradation have become acute as the government destroyed democracy and rule of law just to launch one party tyrannical rule. I am calling upon the countrymen to raise voice against the autocratic rule and the government’s corruption and other misdeeds. Besides, I am calling upon to form a social and political resistance against corruption, bribery and similar malpractices.”