Anti-graft purge irrespective of political identity

Nobody is above the law

It is encouraging to note that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is going to intensify its drives from next month against corrupt elements, focusing on the godfathers behind the scene.  As reported by this daily on Tuesday, already ACC has embarked on a process to appoint 288 new officials for conducting critical investigation with extra efforts.

We know that earlier ACC had launched a cleansing drive against money launderers, owners of illegal wealth, corrupt business persons and contractors, illegal casino business and other types of criminals.  However, the drives slowed down at one stage in the beginning of this year for unknown reasons.

The one thing that needs to be ensured is proper, 

impartial, and unbiased use of various anti-social 

regulations to take strong, deterrent,

 and timely legal action against the offenders

Corruption has become all too ingrained into the Bangladeshi political and governmental process, sadly, but if we are to hold on to any dreams of sustainable progress, widespread changes must be made in our bureaucratic and political processes.

It needs no emphasizing that the government is strongly determined to establish good governance and a graft-free administration, which will in turn ensure development and justice in society. In order to fulfill this mission authorities concerned should maintain a vigilant eye towards the wrongdoers and root out corruption from every corner of society.

In Bangladesh, corruption has been a very common disease prevailing in different forms since time immemorial. Most of the government offices, banks, corporations and semi-government offices reek of corruption of different dimensions from top to bottom. However, with the passage of time the definitions and doctrines of corruption have changed. People who work on right principles are unrecognized and considered to be foolish in the modern society. Earlier, bribes were paid for getting wrong things done, but now bribe is paid for getting right things done at right time.

However, while much progress has been made over the last years to address corruption, we still have a lot to learn from the past to fight corruption effectively.  The one thing that needs to be ensured is proper, impartial, and unbiased use of various anti-social regulations to take strong, deterrent, and timely legal action against the offenders, irrespective of their political influences, money or power. Firm steps and concrete actions are required to curb the menace and create an atmosphere where the good, patriotic, intellectuals will come forward to serve the country with pride, virtue, and honesty for the welfare of the people of Bangladesh