Saturday, August 17, 2019 | ePaper
Land officials` wealth reports should be made public
The corruption in Land offices is nothing new. A study conducted by Transparency International Bangladesh a few years ago had revealed that Land officials and employees take bribes ranging from Tk100-Tk20 lakh for survey and ledger transfer, mutation of name, registration, land development tax, collecting documents, provision of agro-land management, market management and leasing system, and land-related cases. Not only had the current one; all the previous Land Ministers expressed their frustration over the massive corruption in each and every tier of the Ministry's departments, from city to rural areas. Â
It's an open secret that, the Land surveyors take bribes at the time of survey. In most cases, in absence of the land owner, the surveyors intentionally try to label the land as government khas land. Besides, political figures and influential people interrupt survey process on several plans. What's true is that common people are the victims of this syndicated corruption where not a single file moves without paying speed money. Though different land-related works have been digitalized in the recent days, the corruption is not yet stopped.
We think, if the Land Minister really wants to make his ministry's activities transparent enough, he should order to publish the wealth reports in the ministry's official website. There is a possibility that, a section of corrupt officials and employees would try to hide their actual wealth position in the reports. So, it will be difficult to punish the real corrupt elements by verifying their statements, if these are not made public.