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TIB voices concern on relaxing wealth statement provision for govt servants

  • ‘Some 1.5 million government employees will be exempted from accountability’
  • ‘Proposed amendment exactly opposite to government's electoral pledge’
Update : 19 Mar 2024, 08:35 PM

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) on Tuesday voiced deep concern over the move to amend the Government Servants (Conduct) Rules 1979 by relaxing the provision for mandatory submission of wealth statements.

As a result of this initiative, some 1.5 million government employees will be exempted from accountability, and corruption will be encouraged, according to a TIB press release.

The Bangladesh chapter of Berlin-based Transparency International (TI) urged the government to cancel the initiative.

TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman said the annulment of the provision of the wealth statement submission will create a situation where dishonest government officials will become more corrupt.

"The proposed amendment of the Government Servants (Conduct) Rules is exactly opposite to the government's electoral pledge and the government’s top leadership’s declaration of zero tolerance policy against corruption," he said.

He said there was a provision to submit the assets statement every year. Still, later it was relaxed and the provision was made for submitting wealth statements after every five years due to the reluctance of government employees.

The removal of the obligation means, in a sense, massively promoting government employees to become corrupt, said the TIB Executive Director.

“If there is no provision to submit the wealth statement, the tendency among government employees would go up to acquire illegal wealth through adopting corruption fearlessly,” he said.

At the same time, the suffering of people to avail of the services in government offices will increase, illegal money transactions will enhance manifold, and overall, the government’s dream of ensuring a well-governed system will end in failure, said Dr Iftekharuzzaman.

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