Corruption in Bangladesh

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Corruption in government and politics as air is necessary for breathing; however, it is present in varying degrees depending on where in the world you are. This social and economic issue is like a cancer for many governments as it tarnishes their reputation and ability to govern effectively. Bureaucratic and political processes seem to be mostly affected and the general population, are always the ones that suffer adversity. This phenomenon cannot be allowed to continue and as such many policymakers and law agencies have been paying closer attention to its occurrence in countries like Bangladesh. Bangladesh has been rated as the 14th most corrupt nation, in 2014. This was captured in the Transparency International report. However, there has been some improvement as it ranked 16th in 2013. This is still a far greater improvement than its 2001-2005 ranking of being number one in corruption in Bangladesh; a position that is held by North Korea and Somalia, which tie for the number one position. Regardless, the country is still being closely monitored by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). Where there are economic and social hardships existing in a nation, the likelihood of corruption in government increases. Bangladesh has issues ranging from inadequate resources, low functioning economy, large population growth, an illiterate populace and an unstable government. This is not the extent of the issues and these issues have existed since the nation became independent. This is of great concern, for the reason that corruption in Bangladesh deters any nation from becoming economically viable. This means that the country will always be in debt, have low job rates, low production and be unable to match other top performing countries. Politicians help to sustain the issue as many of them default on their loans, by not repaying the sums which they have borrowed. This is unacceptable and unethical behavior. It should be noted that many in the population are affluent and prosperous enough to have international bank accounts. The Swiss Bank reports that its depositors from Bangladesh make some of the largest deposits compared to others. One could deduce that some of these deposits are the very same politicians who have been defaulting on their loans with the country’s banks. It would seem that they are accumulating wealth elsewhere and would one day leave the country in a worse state than they found it. What power would the government have then? What right would they have to execute judicial and legislative responsibilities if their people believe that they are unethical? How would they maintain law and order? How could they seek representation from international bodies in the hopes of moving their country forward and forming alliances? No doubt there will also be human rights issues. These realities, if they are allowed to continue, will literally keep Bangladesh in the dark ages as it relates to their socioeconomic and human welfare existence. It will take a large scale review of policy and a possible wiping out of present government officials. Drastic change is needed to maintain any hope of long term growth and betterment for the people of Bangladesh.

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