Bangladesh is ranked 13th from the bottom corrupted country in the World
Those who perpetrate injustice
and those who tolerate the same,
Let both burn into ashes,
My Lord, in Your ever wrathful flame ...
- Rabindranath Tagore
Corruption is a topic of interest and concern in academic circles, in the media, among people of different professions, within the civil service, among members of parliament, politicians, government officials, members of the business and financial communities, students, foreign investors, aid agencies and non-governmental organizations. In other words, the term corruption is not new to Bangladesh.
We are very much familiar with corruption. What should we do?
If we travel in bus then we detect corruption repeatedly. Men sit in women’s reserve sits easily. They don’t feel any hesitate to do this corruption in public place. If anyone asks them for reasons to do this or request them to leave the sit they act like; they don’t listen anything. This is a regular picture in Dhaka city.
What will happen, if our land phone be dead or our water supply or gas supply face trouble, if we go in a proper way; without giving any bribe then we must get prepare to live without water and gas. In our country nothing will happen without corruption.
To grant permission from the RAJUK seems a yearly based project. And also need to pay a huge amount of money.
When one will retire from your Govt. service one must pay bribe to get the retirement funds. If anyone wants to be honest then he may not watch his funds in his live time.
Look at public hospitals, if we really want to avoid then our patients will die on the spot. Free medicines are rarely seen in public hospitals.
All public school, college and university are not free from corruption. From my own experience, I can say that students admit there not only merit basis. When I didn’t get chance in Dhaka University then my Mom is offered to admit me with fifty thousands taka in C-unit! But I didn’t agree with this mock offer. But I have come to know that it is possible, anyone can admit as a replacement of money.
There is very little objective analysis to explain why and how there is corruption in Bangladesh. This is not because there are no reasons attributed for corruption. On the contrary, a majority of works either directly or indirectly attribute several causes or advance various theories for the existence and survival of corruption. But attempts to understand the fundamental social processes which are related to corruption are notably absent.
A recent survey carried out by the Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad reinforces that impression: the survey found, among other significant data, that 95 per cent of respondents believed that the police were the most corrupt department in the land, followed very closely by the customs, the department of excise and taxation, the bureaucracy, and the judiciary. A solid 62 per cent of respondents believed that the primary responsibility for corruption in Bangladesh lay in the hands of government officials.
More than two-thirds (68.1%) of the complainants reported to have payments to the police for filing complaints as First Information Report (FIR). Payment to the police was made directly by the complainants (40%), followed by payments through office employees (34%) and through local dalal (26%). It is, therefore, not surprising that the public opinion of the police is very low. The survey revealed that 96.3% of the total households expressed the view by way of their complete agreement or general agreement with the assertion that it was almost impossible to get help from the police without money or influence.
Corruption is not just an economic exchange, generated by a monetary or 'economic' motive. Neither is corruption an exclusively political activity, motivated by a desire to attain or retain political power. The process of corruption is more than economic or political - it is a social process as well, existing side-by-side with, and sometimes complementing economic and political activity.
As a social process, therefore, corruption is everywhere in Bangladesh. It is present, for instance, in the process of political patronage, and/or the socio-political institutional arrangement called a patron-client relationship, through which public resources are appropriated by a select group of people, usually described as elites; it is visible in economic exchanges such as the process of rent-seeking which (regulatory requirements by) public servants impose on players in the market: also known as ghoosh or bribe; it is visible and invisible in a host of activities which range from outright bribery to more subtle forms of patronage or persuasion such as tadbir, from underhand deals involving vast sums of money at the national and international levels, to petty, everyday baksheesh which the doorman at a bureaucrat's office extracts in order to perform his normal duties.
Bangladesh this year has been ranked 13th from the bottom, three steps up its position last year, in the annual corruption perception index (CPI) of 2009 released by the Transparency International (TI) yesterday.
Last year, Bangladesh was ranked 10th from the bottom and 147th among 180 countries, the report says.
This year it has been placed 139th among 180 countries in the corruption perception ind According to the report, Bangladesh has made a significant progress in curbing corruption raising its score to 2.4 compared to last year's 2.1.ex. Bangladesh is one of the nine countries that performed the best.
For instance, the dichotomy of 'good' versus 'evil' is a popular theme in many works - both in those few works (mainly articles and reports) which specifically address the issue of corruption in Bangladesh, as well as in a large number of books, journal articles and reports, which make references to corruption, while examining other issues such as socio-economic or political events, poverty or development in Bangladesh.
In these works, corruption frequently features as a vice, caused by human failings such as greed, avarice, selfishness, self-interest, callousness, and consequently, its eradication is seen to require actions which are virtuous, such as nobility, patriotism, dedication, honesty, integrity, zeal, and so on.
There is no doubt about the need to end corruption, but it is worth asking if the solution is to simply mount an attack on corruption or indeed, as is also often suggested, on its root cause.
Without any doubt, a very good beginning of Care taker Government has been made and it seems the government no longer wants Bangladesh to be identified as a corrupt country.
To make this drive successful, the interim government reconstituted the Anti-Corruption Commission(ACC) in February
The Commission has formulated some indicators of the vision so that every member of the society can easily recognize if this vision has been attained in the next five years. During Caretaker Government this commission has worked
Corruption can not be washed down over a night. People in all sectors must be cautious. Everyone should avoid corruption; no matter that corruption is tiny or big.