Published:  02:43 AM, 14 July 2019

Won't tolerate corruption

PM Hasina warns govt officials

Won't tolerate corruption Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina recieving documents from an official at a function at her office in the city on Saturday marking the signing of the Annual Performance Agreement (APA). -PID

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked high government officials to take necessary measures so that country's development isn't marred due to corruption any way.

She came up with the directive at a function at her office in the city yesterday marking the signing of the Annual Performance Agreement (APA) of ministries and their subordinate bodies.

The premier said, "We'll never tolerate corruption. All will be held responsible for their own duties, and all will have to perform their duties in a proper way." She asked the senior secretaries and secretaries to various ministries and divisions to give directives to their colleagues up to the grassroots level about corruption.

We want to provide civic amenities to people at grassroots level through modern technologies so that they don't need to come to towns from villages to search jobs. They can get all modern facilities at their villages, she further said.

The prime minister laid emphasis on formulating a master plan with a view to saving farm land, environment and nature alongside continuing the development activities.Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is currently formulating its annual budget with its own resources.

The prime minister said the country is moving fast towards progress as there has been increased pace in government activities with better skill and attention in jobs due to the APA.

She also said the government has taken steps to diminish the red-tape culture and put emphasis on bringing more dynamism into public offices.

She mentioned that the government will be able to implement the SDGs as it implemented the MDGs, and it is implementing the Seventh Five Year Plan keeping that in mind.

State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain, Principal Secretary M Nojibur Rahman, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alamand Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus also addressed program.

The senior secretaries and secretaries in charge of various ministries and divisions handed over a copy of their respective Annual Performance Agreement to the prime minister.The cabinet secretary on behalf of the prime minister signed the APA.

Under the agreement, the ministries ascertain vision, mission and strategic goals in line with the development priorities of the government, undertake short- and long-term plans as per budgetary allocations.

The new Annual Performance Agreement is prepared considering the Vision 2021 projects committed by the prime minister, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Seventh Fifth Year Plan and projects under Public Private Partnership initiative.

The government introduced the method of APA in the 2014-2015 fiscal year for the public sector to ensure institutional transparency, accountability, proper utilization of resources and, above all, enhancing the institutional efficiency.

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