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Political influence behind ineffectiveness of JS bodies: TIB

WT24 Desk
Parliamentary standing committees were unable to work effectively as watchdogs due to political influence and conflict of interest among committee members, says a new study of Transparency International Bangladesh.
It revealed that the members of parliamentary committees have business interests in their respective parliamentary watchdogs and often they use the committees as tool to gain their own interest, reports United News of Bangladesh.
The study, titled ‘Effectiveness of Parliamentary Standing Committees of Bangladesh: Problems and Way Forward’, was released at a news conference held at its office at Dhanmondi on Sunday.
TIB programme manager Juliet Rosette and deputy programme manager Fafema Afroz presented the study findings.
It said the influence of ruling party and its chief have been found in formation of parliamentary watchdogs and selecting its chairmen and members, and taking decisions in meetings.
As it was not mandatory to implement the recommendations the committees place, most of the suggestions remain unimplemented, the study says, adding the ministries concerned do not give importance to the suggestions of the parliamentary bodies.
The TIB study also found lack of transparency and accountability in the activities of the standing committees while the bodies do not disseminate information regarding its activities regularly.
TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman, its trustee board member Hafiz Uddin Khan and director (policy research) Mohammad Rafiqul Hasan were present at the news conference.

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