Dhaka, Bangladesh
Troubling TIB findings on venality

Money works at land offices

Troubling TIB findings on venality

News Report Massive corruption prevails at land offices and land-related services cannot be obtained without bribery at any stage of the district registrar and sub-registrar offices, a report of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) reveals on Monday. People have to pay bribes starting from Tk 500 to Tk 5 lakh at each and every step to get land related services, media reports say citing the TIB report. Inside the land registration sector, bribes starting at Tk 20,000 up to Tk20 lakh are required for recruitment, promotion and other processes, the report added. TIB held a press conference at its Dhanmondi office in the city. TIB Executive Director Iftekharuzzaman and chairperson of the trustee board Advocate Sultana Kamal were present in the conference. TIB revealed the findings of a research titled "Ways to overcome obstacles for good governance in registration and services sector of land documents" (Bhumi dolilnibondhon o sebaysushashoner challenge uttoronerupay) at the conference. The district registrar and sub-registrar offices are among the most corrupt places in the country, TIB Executive Director Iftekharuzzaman said adding that "Land related services have become synonymous to corruption". The anti-graft watchdog also recommended that the government should increase institutional competency in the land sector to curb corruption. Also, there should be total digitization of entire land administration and management, TIB recommended. The report also suggested 15 recommendations to the government for providing proper service to citizens and to make the land sector transparent and corruption free.

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