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HC: Why is corruption taking place despite hike in salaries?

  • Published at 02:51 pm June 24th, 2019
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TIB said the government has increased salary and allowances of employees, but failed to curb corruption

The High Court has questioned to why corruption and bribery is continuing in Bangladesh even after the government raised salaries and other facilities for its officials.

The bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and KM Hafizul Alam raised the question, when BRTA's Road Safety Division Director Mahbub-E-Rabbani appeared before it following a summon order on Monday.

Deputy Attorney General AKM Aminuddin Manik confirmed the observations of the court to Dhaka Tribune.

During the hearing, the bench observed that Bangladesh achieved its independence 48 years ago under the leadership of Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. However, discipline is yet to be achieved.

“The prime minister is working hard day and night. The salaries and facilities for government officials have been doubled. They have been provided with cars. But, why has corruption and bribery not gone down?” the bench questioned. 

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Referring to examples of development in Singapore and neighboring India, the court also questioned: “Now, why does the court need to interfere into this matter? We all need to be accountable.”

According to Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), senior government officers, especially deputy secretaries and upwards, are promoted for their political affiliation rather than their integrity, merit, performance, skill, or seniority.

TIB said the government has increased salary and allowances of employees, but failed to curb corruption.