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ED: Make sure aid meant for the poor is not pocketed

  • Published at 10:36 pm October 21st, 2020
Aid poor relief
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It is one thing to be corrupt, but it is stooping to another level of low to steal from the most vulnerable in the community

It is embarrassing and shameful that, as millions of Bangladeshis struggle, with both lives and livelihoods due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there are those within the ranks of the government who, far from being of assistance to these poor and hapless people, are quite literally stealing from them.

Over one hundred public representatives were suspended for misappropriating government aid meant for the poor, and what is even more egregious and frustrating is that over a quarter of these suspended representatives have resumed office, finding legal loopholes, and petitioning for stay orders in the courts, ultimately using the law to their advantage.

There is so much wrong here that it begs repeating: Not only are these people stealing food and aid from the mouths of the poor in the country, but are finding ways, legally, to continue in their offices.

It is one thing to be corrupt, and Bangladesh continues to have a corruption problem, but it is stooping to another level of low to steal from the most vulnerable in the community, who depend on this aid for their survival.

Corruption in this sector, therefore, needs a much closer look, and must be prioritized by all the authorities concerned. It is all good to make plans and strategies on how to help the most vulnerable among us, but these plans will never reach their full potential when there are opportunities for rampant stealing at the implementation level.

Furthermore, there must be a closer look at the laws and how these individuals are able to manipulate it to their advantage to stay in power. There is enough suffering already in Bangladesh, and aid theft greatly aggravates this problem.

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