BSS-34 TI’s Corruption Perceptions Index is not credible: Hasan

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TI’s Corruption Perceptions Index is not credible: Hasan

DHAKA, Jan 29, 2021 (BSS) – Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud
today said Bangladesh’s position is worse than Pakistan in
Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI)
which is not credible at all.

Responding to a question, he came up with the remark on
Berlin-based TI’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2020 at his official
residence here.

Hasan, also Awami League joint general secretary, said like other
NGOs, TI looks after the interests of those who provide fund for it.

“And according to the TI report, there is more corruption in
Bangladesh than Pakistan, which is not credible at all,” he said.

The information minister said: “I have read the report. It said
Bangladesh stands at the same position. But, as other countries did
better scores, our position has gone down two steps.”

“We also need to know whether Bangladesh’s position has actually
come down or it occurred due to their systemic errors. Because, we are
informed about their various systemic errors,” he said.

Hassan said TI is an NGO and the way its report is disseminated in
Bangladesh, it is not published in other countries with such
importance.

Before talking to reporters, he inaugurated a cultural festival of
Rangunia Upazila Shilpakala Academy virtually this evening.

Speaking on the occasion, Hasan said cultural festival is very
important today in the present context.

“The more cultural programmes will be organized, the country’s
young generation will be introduced with our traditional culture and
heritage,” he said.

The information minister said cultural activities will also help
keep youths away from fundamentalism and militancy. Militancy cannot
emerge in the areas where people practice cultural activities more, he
said.

Rangunia Upazila Chairman Swajan Barua presided over the function
while Rangunia Upazila Executive Officer Masudur Rahman conducted it.

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