Former chief election commissioner Mohammad Abu Hena on Tuesday stressed launching a mega campaign in the country to mobilize public opinion against corruption.
“Creating public opinion is very important. If Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal can wage a social movement against graft in India, why cannot we raise our voice against corruption,” he told a seminar at the ACC head office in the capital.
He also suggested the government to make the ACC as a constitutional body to strengthen its capacity so that it can work effectively.
The ACC (Anti Corruption Commission) organized the seminar, ‘Political unity and accountable administration is the key to prevent corruption’, marking the Corruption Prevention Week 2014.
Chaired by ACC chairman M Badiuzzman, the seminar was addressed, among others, by TIB trustee board member Hafiz Uddin Khan, Sujan secretary Badiul Alam Majumdar, former education minister and BNP leader Dr Osman Faruque, Barrister Aminul Islam and ACC commissioners M Shahabuddin and Dr Nasiuddin Ahmed.
CPD research fellow Dr Rounaq Jahan read out the keynote paper at the seminar.
Speaking on the occasion as the chief guest, Abu Hena said recruiting efficient officials in civil service is very important for a country as an institution cannot properly run without efficient staff.
“If efficient officials cannot be hired for the constitutional institutions, no government can fulfill the expectations of people. Maybe, this is why we’re getting frustrated,” he said.
He said efficiency and corruption are endemic now and the nation should get rid of the existing problems.
The former CEC said checking graft and holding fair polls have become harder now than any time before. “But why…there’re many laws in the country. But, the question is whether you can enforce the laws effectively.”
He said political leadership is the highest leadership in democracy and if the government fears people, it is democracy but if people fear the government, it is not democracy.
Turning to the electoral corruption, Abu Hena said, “How there could be a fair election? We don’t have the mentality to accept a defeat. We can’t accept defeat in any election due to patronized distribution system.”
He said the political leaders must play a key role in bringing down the graft to a tolerable level as they are involved in the country’s wellbeing and woes.
The former CEC asked the government to conduct probes if graft allegations surface against the ruling party politicians.
Referring to a survey, ACC chairman M Badiuzzman said only eight percent of people trust the ACC and it is a matter of sorrow, but the Commission is working sincerely to regain the trust of people as well as check graft in the country.
Mega campaign against corruption stressed