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Staffing shortage hits ACC  as 855 positions remain vacant

Nazrul Islam

Published: 03:08, 18 November 2023

Staffing shortage hits ACC  as 855 positions remain vacant

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The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) continues suffering from dearth of manpower with a notable number of vacancies in its staff management for quite some time. According to the Human Resource Department of the ACC, eight director positions and 69 deputy director positions, among others, remain vacant.

However, as of 31 July 2023, the vacancies were more extensive, including 63 deputy director roles, 151 assistant director positions, and 200 deputy assistant director positions. In total, there are 855 vacant positions within the ACC.

In the latest update, the ACC states that there are currently 49 deputy directors eligible for promotion to the director's post.

According to ACC sources, a meeting of the promotion committee has been scheduled for November 23, where discussions will revolve around the promotion of deputy directors (Grade-6) to the position of directors (Grade-5).

As of July 31, 2023, the Human Resources Department of the ACC conducted calculations revealing that out of the 29 sanctioned director posts at the head office, 22 were occupied, leaving seven positions vacant. Additionally, in the divisional office, where there are eight sanctioned director posts, all eight positions are currently filled.

Furthermore, it was noted that there is a staff shortfall in the role of System Analyst, with only one individual employed instead of the sanctioned two. As of the latest update, the ACC reports the following staffing details for Deputy Director positions: In the Head Office, out of 147 sanctioned Deputy Director positions, 88 are currently filled, leaving 59 positions vacant.

In the Divisional Office, where 8 Deputy Director posts are sanctioned, 4 are occupied, and 4 remain vacant. The integrated district office has 36 sanctioned Deputy Director positions, and all 36 are presently filled. Overall, the total sanctioned posts for Deputy Directors stand at 191, with 128 positions currently occupied and 63 vacant across various ACC offices. 

As of the most recent update, all the sanctioned positions for 10 prosecutors in the Head Office of the ACC remain vacant. Additionally, there are vacancies for one sanctioned Maintenance Engineer and two Assistant Maintenance Engineers. Furthermore, one out of the two posts designated for Approved Programmer or Assistant System Analyst is currently unoccupied at the Head Office. In addition to these, the positions of four Assistant Programmers, also sanctioned for the Head Office, are currently vacant. 

The staffing status for Assistant Directors within the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is as follows:

In the Head Office, out of the sanctioned 215 Assistant Director positions, 75 are currently occupied, leaving 140 positions vacant.

At the Divisional Office, where 8 Assistant Director posts are sanctioned, 7 are currently filled, and one remains vacant.

In the integrated district office, out of the sanctioned 108 Assistant Director positions, 98 are currently occupied, while 10 positions are vacant.

Overall, across all offices, there are a total of 331 sanctioned Assistant Director posts, with 180 individuals currently employed in these roles. Consequently, 151 Assistant Director positions are currently vacant. Additionally, among the sanctioned two posts for Assistant Director (Public Relations), one is currently vacant. 

The current staffing status for specific roles within the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is as follows:

The post of a sanctioned Protocol Officer is currently vacant. Two sanctioned posts for Assistant Director (Electrical) are also vacant.

For Deputy Assistant Directors: In the Head Office, out of the sanctioned 205 Deputy Assistant Director positions, 37 are currently filled, and 168 are vacant.

At the Divisional Office, where 8 Deputy Assistant Director posts are sanctioned, 7 are currently occupied, and one is vacant.

In the integrated district office, out of the sanctioned 144 Deputy Assistant Director positions, 113 are currently filled, while 31 positions are vacant.

Overall, considering all offices, there are a total of 357 sanctioned Deputy Assistant Director posts, with 157 individuals currently employed in these roles. Consequently, there are 200

Deputy Assistant Director positions that are currently vacant. This detailed information provides a comprehensive overview of the staffing situation within specific positions at the ACC.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is currently facing a significant staffing deficit across various positions, with the following vacancies: Court Inspector: 37 vacancies, Administrative Officer: 1 vacancy, Computer Operator: 8 vacancies, Pharmacist: 1 vacancy, Chief Assistant: 4 vacancies, Assistant Inspector: 22 vacancies, Accountant: 3 vacancies, Librarian: 1 vacancy, Cashier cum Computer Operator: 15 vacancies, Senior Assistant: 19 vacancies, Court Assistant (ASI): 9 vacancies, Cashier: 1 vacancy, Data Entry or Control Operator: 83 vacancies, Driver: 74 vacancies, Health Assistant: 1 vacancy, Constable: 46 vacancies, Security Guard: 8 vacancies,  Office Assistant: 15 vacancies, Vehicle Cleaner: 4 vacancies, Cleaner: 55 vacancies, Guard: 4 vacancies.

In total, there are 855 vacant positions within the ACC. 
According to a source within the ACC, a significant percentage of officers are appointed through deputation from the BCS admin cadre. Specifically: 80% of officers in the Director

General (DG) position, 50% of officers in the Director position, 40% of officers in the Deputy Director (DD) position.

Previously, deputation allowances were provided, but the government has since canceled this allowance. Individuals on deputation receive their salaries from the respective ministry, and despite the removal of the allowance, deputation remains a preferred method of appointment within the ACC.

Furthermore, those on deputation are typically stationed at the head office in Dhaka, displaying a reluctance to be assigned or sent outside of Dhaka. It is noted that officers from the admin cadre brought in through deputation often refrain from engaging in inquiry and investigation work. 

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