Together, we can trounce corruption: CIAA Chair

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Chief Commissioner of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) Prem Kumar Rai has called for support from all sides to combat corruption.

Addressing an event to mark the 33rd establishment day of the CIAA in Kathmandu on Sunday, Rai said CIAA has been playing an active role in checking corruption and promoting good governance in the nation.  

Noting that there is a widespread public complaint that the country’s good governance situation has not improved as expected, the CIAA chief stressed the need for all to work actively and responsibly for good governance.

“The fight against corruption is not that of CIAA alone; there is a need for collective efforts as it is a multi-dimensional topic. Every citizen should play an active role for the establishment of good governance,” reiterated the CIAA Chief Commissioner.

According to Rai, a significant number of complaints have been lodged at CIAA after implementation of federalism began. He said the plaints are related to misuse of public assets in development and construction works, budget appropriation, subsidy distribution, service delivery, among other works, to giving and taking of bribe and inducements, to carrying out works with the ill intention of taking illegal benefit and amassing illegal assets at all the three tiers of the government 

The CIAA chief stated that transparency is not seen in public procurement and construction, and called on responsible authorities and office-bearers to become more responsible for fulfilling their legal duties on protecting and preserving public property. He noted that the misuse of public land has increased and the tendency of selling government land for personal gains has also been observed.

Rai said the CIAA is moving ahead with all seriousness toward expanding its jurisdiction and carrying out effective investigations related to the quality of infrastructure in view of growing public complaints of misappropriation in this sector. 

He stressed the need to put an end to anomalies and aberrations seen in public entities promptly and to promote good governance in the country so as to increase the citizens' faith in the government.

Rai said CIAA will move ahead to bring those involved in illegal activities within the purview of law. 

Reminding that it would be difficult to achieve expected success in corruption control until the political officials in the executive role in all the three tiers of the government, the civil servants and the general public realized their responsibility, the CIAA chief called upon all to contribute from their respective fields to the national campaign aimed at controlling corruption. 

The CIAA marked its 33rd establishment day today around the theme—‘Let Us Improve Mindset, Culture and Attitude: Corruption Will Come Under Control.’

President Ramchandra Paudel, Vice-president Ram Sahaya Prasad Yadav, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Chief Justice Bishowambhar Prasad Shrestha, Speaker of the House of Representatives Devraj Ghimire, National Assembly Chair Ganesh Prasad Timilsina, Deputy Prime Minister, lawmakers, government high officials, among others, were present on the occasion.

At the program, President Paudel launched the CIAA Souvenir-2080. Journalists associated with different media outlets were presented with a cash award of Rs 20,000 each and a letter of commendation in recognition of their contribution to corruption control and promotion of good governance through news dissemination. The recipients are Matrika Dahal of Kantipur daily, Jaya Kumar Mishra (Anuragi) of Lokantaar.com, Subash Gotame of Ratopati.com and freelance journalist Sudarshan Acharya. 

CIAA also honored Rajesh Kumar Das, Deputy Superintendent of Police Prakash Budhathoki and deputy attorney Niranjan Sthapit with the Outstanding Investigator and Outstanding CIAA Service Award carrying a purse of Rs 35,000 and a copper plaque each. 

The constitutional ombudsman, CIAA, has been adopting control and promotional strategy, in addition to preventive measures for corruption control and promotion of a culture of integrity. It has been conducting an awareness program against corruption, in collaboration with the three-tier government, the civil society, public organizations, schools and the media.

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