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PM: Corruption must be contained for uninterrupted development

  • Published at 05:44 pm July 13th, 2019
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is addressing an event of the Annual Performance Agreement (APA) of ministries and their subordinate bodies at her office on Saturday, July 13, 2019 Focus Bangla

All will be held responsible for their actions, she said

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the top government officials to be more vigilant against corruption so it does not affect the country's development in any way. 

"We will never tolerate this [corruption], and all will be held responsible for their own actions," she said at the signing event of the Annual Performance Agreement (APA) of ministries and their subordinate bodies at her office on Saturday, reports UNB.

She advised senior secretaries and secretaries of various ministries and divisions to give directions about corruption from the grassroots level to create awareness.

"Self-dignity is evolving within us gradually and we must retain it. To resist corruption, there should be a practice of virtuousness. 

One needs to take steps so that the state people can reap the good results through it," Sheikh Hasina said. 

She also said it would be unfortunate if every achievement of the government that comes through hard labour goes in vain just because of corruption.

"When it comes to corruption, I will say, not only the bribe receivers, but also its givers are equally criminals," the prime minister added.

Sheikh Hasina also said the country is moving fast towards progress as there has been an increased pace in government activities due to APA's assistance in better skill and attention for jobs.

She further mentioned the government has taken steps to diminish the red-tape culture and put emphasis on bringing more dynamism into public offices.

The prime minister also put emphasis on formulating a master plan to save farmlands, the environment and the nature, alongside continuing the development activities.

State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain, Principal Secretary M Nojibur Rahman, Cabinet SecretaryMohammad Shafiul Alam, and Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus also spoke at the program.

In the event, the senior secretaries and secretaries in charge of various ministries and divisions handed over a copy of their respective Annual Performance Agreement to the prime minister.

The cabinet secretary on behalf of the prime minister signed the APA.

Under the agreement, the ministries ascertain vision, mission and strategic goals in line with the development priorities of the government and undertake short- and long-term plans as per budgetary allocations.

The new Annual Performance Agreement has been prepared considering the Vision 2021 projects, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Seventh Fifth Year Plan and projects under Public Private Partnership initiative.

The government introduced the method of APA in 2014-2015 fiscal years for the public sector to ensure institutional transparency, accountability, proper utilization of resources and, above all, enhancing the institutional efficiency.

Moving the focus of the ministry from process-orientation to result-orientation, and providing an objective and fair basis to evaluate overall performance of the ministries and divisions at the end of the year, are the main purposes of introducing the APA. 

The APA is an internal mechanism of the civil administration from top to grassroots level to ensure accountability of the government officials aimed at evaluating their yearly performance and making them accountable to their responsibilities.