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Good Governance Committee reports on the Anti-Corruption Commission’s Annual Report

Posted on :18 May 2017

The Good Governance Committee (GGC) of the National Assembly presented its report on the Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) Annual Report for the year 2016. The report was presented by the Member of Nyishog-Saephu constituency who is the Dy. Chairperson of the GGC. The report highlighted some of the ACC’s major initiatives. It was also reported that the ACC had reorganized its structure to make best use of its limited human resources and works had been initiated to establish an endowment fund for the social security of ACC employees.

 

The report further stated that as in the past, the highest number of complaints lodged was against local governments and a total of 31 investigations were completed and submitted to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) in the year 2016.

 

The GGC submitted a total of nine recommendations to the House for adoption. The recommendations include the need for the ACC, OAG and the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) to institute a system of regular coordination meetings and these agencies should have research units to analyze data. It was also recommended that the judiciary should be requested to use its power to summon defendants at the time of filing cases and the OAG should complete restitution of long overdue cases within the next six months. One major recommendation includes the need to carry out feasibility study to establish ombudsman’s office.

 

The House deliberated at length on the establishment of endowment fund for ACC employees and investigation of corruption cases. Some of the Members submitted that it was imperative to enhance investigation practices as on some occasions, innocents faced hardships due to false complaints. It was therefore submitted that proper system should be put in place to avoid accusation of innocent people.

 

The deliberation on the report will resume tomorrow.

 

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