IT best possible tool to curb graft: Muhith


Finance Minister AMA Muhith Saturday said corruption and lack of law enforcement in the appropriate manner are two big problems for establishing good governance in the country, reports UNB.

"Two top problems of establishing good governance are corruption and enforcement of law in the appropriate manner," he said at the inaugural session of a roundtable titled 'Good Governance; Leveraging Initiatives that Work' at Sonargaon Hotel in the city.

Cabinet Secretary Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan and Asian Development Bank (ADB) country director to Bangladesh Teresa Kho also spoke at the function, organised by the Cabinet Division in partnership with the ADB.

Muhith finds IT (information technology) as the best possible instrument to curb corruption and establish good governance in the country.

He said corruption is everywhere-in police administration, judicial administration, education and health services-and the land administration system is the most corrupt in Bangladesh.

"If we put together all the small corruptions, it becomes huge. And it's IT which can help diminish the area of corruption."

The finance minister said parliament, judiciary, civil administration and local government are extremely important in the process of establishing good governance. "If we do well in these areas, we can say we've good governance… if we don't do well, it's a problem."

He said all the elements - legislation, administration and acquisition - are associated with corruption in the land administration. Digitalisation of the land administration would help remove 75 per cent of corruption.

Muhith said as tax administration everywhere in the country is corrupt, online system and application of IT would be the best instrument to curb corruption. "If you've online services, it's much easier for individuals to obtain the resource or obey the regulations which are there."

On Right to Information (RTI), he said it is something to protect individual's right and it is a good development. "But unfortunately, it's not very much used either by the offices or by the citizens."

About finding an ombudsman, he said political divide is so strong in the country. It is very difficult to find an ombudsman. "I don't know when we'll find an ombudsman and empower him to protect the citizens."

He observed that the good governance did not feature between 1945 and 1985, but there was concern for good governance and it was expressed in different ways.


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