Team of eight officials led by the Chairperson from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) presented the ACC report 2016 to the Good Governance Committee of the National Council (NC) yesterday. Interested members, the Secretary General and officials from NC also participated in the presentation.
Aum Kinley Yangzom, Chairperson of the ACC expressed her gratitude to the Parliament and the Committee for supporting the Commission especially on human resources and the budget issues. Providing an overview of the report, she said that the ACC has been restructuring to align along three primary functions of investigation, prevention and public education and the professional support. She also reported that out of 529 backlog complaints received in the past, 165 cases are qualified for investigation after a comprehensive review. She informed that ACC will focus more on investigation of cases in 2017.
Subsequently, a presentation was made on the structure of the report which included the ACC as an institution, ACC’s performance, resolution of the Parliament and recommendations. The report also reflected that Bhutan maintained the 27th position out of 176 countries and 6th rank in the Asia Pacific region in the 2016 TI-CPI.
Extensive queries took places during the question and hour session pertaining to the review, reconciliation and status of backlog complaints qualified for investigation, on the prescribed limited ceiling of the budget by ACC, handling the corruption related to private sectors and on the need of establishing of the Ombudsmen for verification of administrative complaints amongst many.
The GGC will present the ACC Report 2016 before the House in the upcoming session of the National Council of Bhutan for deliberation.
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