Dhaka – President M Abdul Hamid on Wednesday asked the national anti-grant watchdog to launch massive awareness campaign against corruption which eats up most of public resources.
He also called the Anti-Corruption Commission to help build a social resistance against the vice.
The president’s call came when a when a four-member delegation of the ACC, led by its Chairman Iqbal Mahmood, submitted its Annual Report-2016 to him at Bangabhaban.
“There is no alternative to build awareness at all levels. Social resistance will help reduce all sorts of corruption,” the President was quoted to have said by his press secretary Joynal Abedin.
Hamid also advised the ACC to take necessary steps for proper and timely settlement of corruption-related cases after conducting appropriate investigation.
The anti-graft commission chief apprised the President of the overall activities of the commission in last one year.
He also sought the President’s support to gear up the activities of the commission.
Mahmood said the ACC received a total 12,990 graft allegations in 2016, and of them, the Commission initiated probes into 1,007 allegations while 5, 88 allegations were sent to departments or ministries concerned for taking necessary departmental action.
He said the commission filed 359 graft cases in last year.
A total of 13 trap cases were made and corrupt individuals were arrested red-handed while taking bribe, he added.
Mahmood said the ACC endorsed charges in 535 cases last year while its total 300 cases were disposed in 2016.
He said the ACC made 65 recommendations in its annual report asking for steps to check graft in country’s 10 sectors including education and health.
Mahmood said the commission formed 21,000 Satata Sanghas (integrity units) at secondary schools and madrasas across the country to keep the future generation away from corruption.
The commission arranged 30 public hearings in 2016 to create awareness at grassroots level against corruption.