Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has called for building a corruption-free and well-governed country in spirit of Ekushey.
The declaration of 'zero-tolerance against corruption' from the highest level of the government has only remained on paper, as it has not taken stern action against big shots apart from some petty corruption, said TIB executive director Dr Iftekharuzzaman yesterday, in a statement.
Bangladesh's almost-unchanged position in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for a decade and a second-lowest position in South Asia goes to prove it, he added.
Therefore, in addition to the declared promises, the adoption of all-out strict measures against corruption will be in line with the spirit of Ekushey, he said.
The TIB executive director also said it is a mater of great concern that there is a "denial syndrome" in the government and the administration. Attempts to deny all sorts of corruption, irregularities and allegations have been continuously questioning the political and state commitments against corruption.
According to him, it has also been creating a conducive environment for corruption.
Dr Iftekharuzzaman also said that Bangalees stood up against repeated injustice and exploitation with the spirit of Ekushey and won independence. The Ekushey spirit should be a source of inspiration to prevent corruption, it added.