Published:  12:05 AM, 03 December 2019

'Graft in public procurement to be addressed'

Stressing the need for conducting extensive probes into the alleged graft in public procurement, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) chairman Iqbal Mahmood on Monday urged its officials to work sincerely to ensure cent percent conviction rate in graft cases.

"Procurement related graft allegations are highly discussed in the country. We often read the news of graft in public procurement, which tarnishes the dignity of the country's people," he said, reports BSS. The ACC chief was addressing the concluding ceremony of a workshop titled 'Training on Public Procurement and Practices for ACC Officials' at the ACC headquarters.

There are allegations that the authorities concerned do high estimates in many procurement proposals aiming to swindle public money, he said, adding but it must be stopped at any cost. Mahmood asked the ACC officials to apply the knowledge that they gained from the training in conducting probes into the graft allegations in public procurements.

"Corruption must be stopped in public procurements through proper investigations into the graft allegations and overall prosecution," he said.

He also directed the ACC officials to conduct proper investigation, submit accurate charge-sheets and present witness and evidence before courts to ensure cent percent conviction rate in graft cases.

Later, the ACC chairman distributed certificates among participants of the training program.ACC director generals Md Ali Noor and AKM Sohel and its director Sheikh Md Fanafillah, among others, spoke on the occasion.

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