The chairperson of the Ethics and Credential Committee of the National Assembly, Tek Bdr Subba, read to the house today Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) 2012 report and submitted four recommendations to address the challenges facing the commission.
The Dophuchen-Tading MP said that it is important to highlight the trends of corruption and its impact, challenges and opportunities, anti-corruption policies and strategies, performance of the ACC in particular and agencies in general, and fix accountability for failures or non-performance.
According the Transparency International’s corruption perceptions index 2012, Bhutan was ranked 33rd least corrupt out of 176 countries.
DPT MP from Dramitse-Ngatshang, Ugyen Wangdi, said rumours prevailed among sections of society that in the last five years under the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa government, instances of corruption increased significantly. But the ACC report, he says, proves otherwise. In fact, in the last five years, according to the report, corruption has decreased.
According to the committee’s report, corruption not only has destructive effects on economic growth of the country, investment, human development and environmental policies but also erodes public trust in the governance system.
The challenges faced by ACC, their plan and strategies to reduce corruption are elaborately covered in the commission’s 2012 report. However, the Ethics and Credential Committee has submitted four recommendations.
Work and human settlement minister,Dorji Choden, said the first of the committee’s four recommendations that says National Anti-Corruption Strategy, which has been implemented in institutions should be continued, ought to cover all the organisations, agencies and entities. She said organisations should go beyond implementation of the strategy if corruption must be stopped.
Speaker Jigme Zangpo said the house will deliberate on the committee’s four recommendations tomorrow and will be submitted to the ACC.