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Planning minister: No nation can be completely free of corruption

  • Published at 03:31 pm January 25th, 2019
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MA Mannan added that corruption will not be allowed in his ministry under any circumstances

Highlighting  the strength of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Planning Minister MA Mannan has said the graft watchdog has brought many culprits to justice through frequent drives.

He commented this while speaking with Sunamganj 1 lawmaker Engineer Moazzem Hossain, at his home in Sunamganj, on Friday.

The minister continued: “We will employ a zero-tolerance policy against those found engaging in corruption and irregularities inside the government. These culprits will be prosecuted to the greatest extent of the law.

“I will not allow any corruption inside the Planning Ministry. I will not engage in irregularities, nor will those working with me at the ministry.”

Adding that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will continue to uphold her zero-tolerance policy, Mannan said: “Under no circumstances will we engage in corruption. 

“The honorable prime minister told us [ministers], during the first cabinet meeting, that we [the government] are all under public scrutiny, and the ministers are under the scrutiny of Sheikh Hasina.”

He pointed out that if every government officer remains free of irregularities, the entire nation will be free of corruption.

Mannan furthered: “To my knowledge, no nation on this earth is completely free of corruption. Every nation suffers some form of irregularities, and Bangladesh does too. We have made significant progress in curbing corruption. 

“Laws and regulations have been introduced to reduce irregularities. We are making a serious effort to curb corruption in ongoing mega projects. Those found guilty of corruption in these projects will face strict punishment under the existing laws.”

Discussing development prospects for wetlands in Sunamganj, he said: “The road transport system in this region must be further developed. Related projects are already 70% complete, and these projects will be expanded in the future.”