Dhaka, Bangladesh
ACC will strength drive against graft in health sector: Mahmood

ACC will strength drive against graft in health sector: Mahmood

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Iqbal Mahmood on Friday said the national anti-graft agency will intensify its drive to bring to justice those involved in corruption in the health sector and relief scam, reports BSS. "Although the Commission's regular activities have been suspended due to coronavirus pandemic, it will intensify its drive against those involved in corruption in the relief and health sectors," he told a virtual meeting. The ACC chief warned that the graft suspects would be brought to justice for the welfare of the people. The full commission meeting was held on the implementation of its Strategic Work Plan 2019, an ACC press release said. Mahmood said more than 18 officers of the Commission have so far been infected with coronavirus, while two promising officers died of COVID-19. Amid this adverse situation, he said, the ACC officials are filing cases, arresting suspects, summoning the accused and interrogating them. "Perform your duties following the health guidelines. If necessary, conduct inquiry and investigation activities staying at home. In such cases, the file register must be followed in the movement of documents and the ACC secretary should be informed of it," he added. ACC commissioners AFM Aminul Islam and Dr Md Mozammel Haque Khan, and senior ACC officials joined the virtual meeting. Another report adds: On the recommendation of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has blacklisted a total of 14 contractors on charges of corruption, fraud and conspiracy. The Directorate General of Health Services Director (Administration) Dr Md Belal Hossain informed it in a letter on Thursday signed by him, said a press release. The blacklisted contractors were Health Department's accountant Abzal Hossain's wife Rubina Khanam, proprietor of Rahman Trade International, Abdullah Al Mamun, proprietor of Messrs Anik Traders, Munshi Farrukh Hossain of Messrs Ahmed Enterprise, Manzoor Ahmed of Messrs Manila Medicine and Messrs SK Traders, Mosaddek Hossain of MH Pharma, Md Joynal Abedin of Messrs Ovi Drugs, Alamgir Hossain of Messrs Albira Pharmacy, Md Mintu of SM Traders, Md Abdus Sattar Sarkar and Md Ahsan Habib of Messrs Mercantile Trade International, Jaher Uddin Sarkar of Bengal Scientific and Surgical Company, Md Asadur Rahman of Universal Trade Corporation, Managing Director and CEO of ASL Aftab Ahmed and Owner of Blair Aviation Moksedul Islam.

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