In the 50th year of Bangladesh, accelerated growth in many sectors is noted. This includes health, infrastructure, digitalization, banking and financial institutions and so on. Unfortunately, one of the most striking growths is also noted in the corruption sector. This probably is a peak year for it.
Almost every day we have one news or another of corruption and public suffering at the hands of the corrupt. And worse, we see no decline in the trend either. It’s scary for most people who suffer at the hands of the corrupt. We have achieved much in the last fifty years but we have also created a wonderful haven for corruption.
According to Newton’s law of motion, if there is corruption, it will be followed by an anti-corruption agency and Bangladesh has one also- the ACC. The problem is that like many other places, most have little confidence in it. While many think the agency is itself corrupt, others think it's facilitating corruption by giving anti-corruption a facade of effectiveness when actually it isn’t. Most everyone thinks there is a lack of serious intent in anti-corruption in the system. It’s not considered useful.
Yet the deck is stacked against the ACC because the legal and procedural system is so inefficient and out of date that even if it wanted to, anti-corruption moves could never really work very well. The key lies in corruption prevention and that’s where there is no attention.