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When will ACC become fully digitized?

  • The ACC started its pilot program about a year ago
  • The digitization process was aimed at expediting ACC's activities
Update : 17 Feb 2024, 11:55 PM

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Bangladesh, tasked with combating corruption in the country, embarked on a digitization journey in August 2021. 

A web-based software named Investigation and Prosecution Management System (IPMS) was developed to facilitate proper monitoring and supervision of the digitization process. Although some progress has been made by using this software, much of the work still relies on manual processes.

According to multiple reliable sources, the ACC possesses the necessary servers, manpower and associated hardware for full digitization and yet the goal has not been fully achieved for an extended period due to unspecified reasons. 

Funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the digitization process was aimed at expediting the ACC's activities. 

Two IT institutes, Techno Haven and Techno Vista, were tasked with this digitization effort. About a year ago, they installed two servers with associated hardware and provided comprehensive explanations to the commission.

Subsequently, the commission decided to conduct a year-long pilot program before fully launching its operations. 

The decision to proceed with full implementation was made last December and is reportedly still underway. The latest report from the commission highlights the implementation of technical assistance projects aimed at enhancing its institutional capacity from April 2017 to June 2022.

The IPMS software was developed to expedite case disposal by improving the efficiency of officials, encompassing a monitoring of complaint filing, inquiry, investigation and prosecution activities.

Under the project, "Strengthening ACC," which was scheduled from July 2018 to December 2023 with an estimated cost of Tk4,454.16 crore, significant progress has been made, with about 75% of the work completed.

The ACC has also established its own Digital Forensic Lab as part of its digital endeavors, with 16 officials trained domestically and internationally to operate the lab. 

Furthermore, a Document Forensic System has been procured to detect fraudulent activities such as fake signatures, document forgery and passport falsification, ensuring the authenticity of evidence.

Additionally, various equipment, including microbuses, desktop computers, laptops, scanners and printers have been procured under the project. 

Training programs have been conducted for 1,100 ACC officials at home and abroad. 

The commission aims to further streamline its operations by automating all offices and has established Local Area Networks in eight divisional offices and 22 district offices, including the head office.

However, despite these efforts, the implementation of e-documents has faced challenges, primarily attributed to integrity issues. 

When questioned regarding these matters, Syed Iqbal Hossain, director general of the Training and Information Technology Department of ACC, refuted allegations of insincerity. 

He said: "Allegations of a lack of sincerity are not correct. The ACC is now fully digital. The IPMS program, including the forensic lab, is now fully operational.”

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