BANGLADESH’s anti-graft body has flushed out extensive corruption in government departments, including one case where 122 workers were paid to fix a single toilet, Reuters reports quoting the anti-graft body.
Colonel Hanif Iqbal, director general of the Anti-Corruption Commission, said the body had discovered more than 335 million taka ($4.8 million) had been misappropriated between 2000 and 2007 in nine regional offices of the state-run Bangladesh Telecommunications Company in Khulna.
Iqbal said the telecoms department showed a claim for 100 workers’ wages for repairs of electricity lines even though no work had been carried out.
Bangladesh’s army-backed interim government, which took over in January last year, has made fighting widespread corruption a top priority.
The global corruption watchdog Transparency International rated Bangladesh the world’s number one corrupt nation for five years until 2005.