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ACC wants commission to monitor police actions

  • Published at 12:50 am October 26th, 2016
  • Last updated at 10:04 am October 26th, 2016
ACC wants commission to monitor police actions
The Anti-Corruption Commission has asked the government to constitute a Criminal Justice Commission as a watchdog to monitor police actions to make sure people get justice. The commission came up with the suggestion as there is no effective mechanism in place to monitor the internal activities of the police force and take necessary actions on receiving complaints from the people. It was one of the 32 recommendations put forward by the ACC under seven categories in its Annual Report 2015 submitted to President Abdul Hamid on Monday. The anti-graft body also recommended formulating legal provisions to the Code of Criminal Procedure and the Code of Civil Procedure to impose strict time limit for holding inquiry and trial of criminal cases, as a measure to minimise sufferings of the people because of the persistent backlog of cases. “Failure in timely disposal of cases scales up the existing backlog at the end, and on the other, causes anguishes of both the parties – the justice seekers and the accused persons,” the ACC said in its report.

Irregularities in banking, financial sectors

The banking and financial sectors have been crippled with different problems, mostly corruption and irregularities, that result in huge loss and affect sound operations. “As frequently observed that non-professionals and persons inexperienced in banking sector are included into the Board of Directors, multiple irregularities and crimes take place in the banking sector because of their capriciousness and narrow space of vision,” the reports said. Financial embezzlement and other crimes occur in the same sector which is imputable to lack of proper monitoring, deficiency of training and absence of accountability, it added. In such a situation, the commission has recommended that the government constitute Board of Directors in banks and financial institutions with core professionals, ensure proper oversighting in the banking sector and carry out structural reforms, and undertake necessary measures to ensure staff training and accountability.

Fines for incompetent public servants

The commission has observed that service delivery in government organisations is unusually delayed because of old laws and regulations. To ensure prompt service, the service seekers and service givers get markedly enticed to make special negotiations that lead to corruption. With a view to end the trend, the ACC has recommended that the government introduce a provision for fining, to be paid by public servants, for their failure in delivery of service on time. “Responsibilities of the official/staff member for causing delay in delivery of service should be ascertained, and compensation for delayed service may be paid to the aggrieved by deducting certain amount of money from the salary of incumbent,” the ACC said. It has also observed that the government should simplify the process of police verification, a prerequisite of passport issuance, through making measures for online verification so that the service seekers get their passport in the shortest span of time. The ACC also suggested that the government initiate a process to amend the existing legal provisions so that people can apply for all the service-related works from the city corporation, Wasa, BTCL and Rajuk through a single application like a “Bundle Offer” so that they do not need to make multiple visits. The other recommendations include completing the work of land administration, registration and survey in a single office to reduce corruption in the sector. It also suggested arranging mass hearing in every government office to enhance accountability and transparency, and bringing all government procurements under the e-tender system.
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