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Saturday, 01 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

Most officers and employees at the Bangladesh Secretariat on Thursday were found busy preparing their wealth statements as the deadline for submission of the reports expired on the day.

A large number of officials from the administration cadre thronged the office of the establishment secretary to submit their wealth statements on the last day.

‘I hope all officers and employees will submit their wealth statements as the deadline ends [Thursday]. It will create a psychological pressure on the government employees… They will henceforth feel accountable about their wealth’, establishment secretary Abdus Salam Khan told this correspondent at his office on the day. About 12 lakh public servants were supposed to give their wealth statements on Thursday.

The secretary said that actions would be taken as per the government decision against those who would submit false statements or would not submit statements.

‘It will be a clear violation of the government servants (conduct) rules if a government employee does not submit his or her wealth statement after every five years’, the secretary mentioned, adding that the ministry was developing a mechanism to preserve information about public servants’ wealth.

The establishment ministry does not have any mechanism to preserve such statements as the conduct rules had not been implemented before, said officials. In December, the government officials and employees were asked to submit their detailed wealth reports by February 28 to respective ministries and departments.

Initially, the interim administration asked its officials and employees to submit wealth statements by December 31, 2007. But later, the deadline was extended by two months due to poor response from the public servants to the official order.

The establishment ministry in December said the deadline had been extended due to cyclonic storm Sidr, Hajj and Eid-ul-Azha. The forms for submitting wealth statements were made available on December 10 as initially the officials and employees were confused about how to submit information of their assets.

Against the backdrop of countrywide drives against corruption and crime, the establishment ministry in an official order issued on August 28 last year asked all ministries and departments to ensure that the government employees (conduct) rules were properly implemented.

The ministry issued an order to all ministries, directorates and departments asking the officials and employees to submit their updated wealth statements by December 31 through proper channels to help expedite the government’s move against corruption and make the officials more accountable.

According to the government employees (conduct) rules, 1979, every employee from joining the service to retirement is obliged to submit their wealth statements to the authorities after every five years.

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