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Annual Anti-Corruption Commission Report 2018 by Good Governance Committee

Posted on :10 June 2019

Presenting the Annual ACC Report 2018, the Good Governance Committee (GGC) proposed two recommendations to the House today.

Hon. Member Tashi Wangmo, Chairperson of the Committee, introducing the report stated that it was the 12th report submitted to the Parliament by the ACC and covered the period from January to December 2018. The Committee had prepared a brief review report after receiving the report from the ACC.

Hon. Member Sangay Dorji, member of the Committee, continued with the presentation. He briefly gave an overview of the structure of the Report which included the Commission's policy priorities; performance of the ACC over the past year; Bhutan’s ranking on Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (TI-CPI); implementation status of National Council’s resolutions; and issues for deliberation.

Reporting on the Commission’s policy priorities, he said that in order to build the Commission as a credible, effective and incorruptible institution, it focused on immediate and long-term priorities, and strategic focus for 2019.

Highlighting on the complaints, he reported that during the year 2018, the ACC received 333 complaints which was 28 more than 2017 with an average of 28 complaints per month. Abuse of function was alleged to be the major corruption offence constituting of 182 complaints (54.7%) followed by allegation on embezzlement with 23 (6.9%) complaints.

He said “Thimphu Dzongkhag constituting 119 complaints (35.7%) is the highest number of complaints by the place of occurrence followed by Paro Dzongkhag with 24 complaints (7.2%). Of 333 complaints received by the ACC in the reporting year, decisions were taken on 330 complaints with 19 complaints qualified for investigation, 47 assigned for information enrichment and 140 were shared for administrative action and 37 shared for sensitization and 87 dropped and 3 pending cases”.

He further reported that despite concerted efforts made by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) to recover the restitution amounts, the pending restitution was still very high amounting to 187.964m. He also reported that Bhutan’s ranking on Transparency International’s corruption Perception Index (TI-CPI) has improved from 31st in 2013 to 25th in 2018.

Hon. Member Lhatu reported the ACC’s issues of inadequate human resource development and prolonged duration of trial process. He submitted the Committee’s recommendations of mobilization of adequate fund for the human resources of the Commission, particularly in supporting the long-term studies, and the institution of appropriate measures to address the problem of prolonged duration of trial process.

Subsequently, members suggested additional recommendations on the need for a detailed study to determine the factors leading to the resignation of employees from the Commission, and the inclusion of Election Commission as one of the key partners, and investigation into higher occurrence of complaints in the Local Government. The Committee will submit the final recommendations to the House for adoption.

The sitting concluded with the Hon. Chairperson appreciating the Commission and the Committee for the comprehensive report submitted to the House.

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