PM warns top officials against corruption
Reaffirming that corruption will not be tolerated, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday asked the top government officials to keep more vigil against corruption so that this menace does not affect the country's development in any way.
"We'll never tolerate this (corruption), all will be held responsible for their own duties, and all will've to perform their duties properly. All must keep it in mind that development must not be affected in any way because of graft," she said.
The prime minister said this at a function at her office marking the signing of the Annual Performance Agreement (APA) of ministries and their subordinate bodies.
She asked the senior secretaries and secretaries to various ministries and divisions to give directives to their colleagues up to the grassroots level about graft and make them aware in this regard.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is currently formulating its annual budget with its own resources. "Self-dignity is evolving within us gradually, we must retain it. To resist corruption, there should be the practice of virtuousness … you've to take steps so that people can reap the good results through the state," she said.
The Prime Minister also said it would be very much regretful if every achievement of the government that comes through the round-the-clock hard labour goes in vain just because of corruption.
"When it comes to corruption, I'll say, not only the bribe receivers, but also its givers are equally criminals," she said.
The prime minister said the country is moving fast towards progress as there has been increased pace in government activities with better skill and attention in jobs due to the APA.
She also said the government has taken steps to diminish the red-tape culture and put emphasis on bringing more dynamism into public offices.
About Bangladesh's achieving the status of a developing country, Hasina said the country has already achieved the three criteria needed to attain it. "But we want to go far above, we've to work with that vision…we've to take programmes considering that…"
She mentioned that the government will be able to implement the SDGs. -UNB