Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) said all the agreements, including those signed with India during the prime minister’s ongoing visit, should be placed in Parliament for discussion.
“Even it’s not enough to inform parliament about the agreements coming from the visit. Parliament should have been informed what agreements were being signed before the visit,” TIB Chairperson Advocate Sultana Kamal told a press conference in Dhaka on Sunday.
TIB arranged the conference to disclose the findings of its study titled ‘Parliamentwatch-10th Parliament: 7th to 13th Session’ at Midas Centre in Dhanmondi area.
Sultana Kamal said, “They did a job but people know nothing about it. Many things are not being made public …this is definitely unconstitutional.”
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The agreements which are not related to national security should be discussed in parliament, she added.
TIB Executive Director Iftekharuzzaman said 59 international agreements were signed in 2015-’16 fiscal year, but those were not placed and discussed in Parliament.
“We think the agreements signed with India this time and all other possible deals should be discussed in Parliament following the constitution,” he said.
The anti-graft watchdog also disclosed that the lawmakers, both the government and opposition, used abusive and vulgar words 2101 times to take on their political rivals who are not representing the parliament.