Conduct of Corruption Risk Management (CRM) in NLCS

A team from the ACC conducted Corruption Risk Management (CRM) in National Land Commission Secretariat (NLCS) on 28th October 2011 at NLCS conference hall. CRM in NLCS was conducted as one of the proactive activities. Altogether 37 officials led by NLCS Secretary attended the workshop.
Chairperson of the ACC highlighted the vulnerability of the sector given the value/importance and dearness of land to all people.
CRM in NLCS was conducted for rural and urban land registration services as it involved wider interface with the general public. This was done with a view to contribute in containing the risks of corruption. Land being an important issue, the fact that it could underpin the national security and the objectives of Gross National Happiness (GNH) re-enforces the need to further strengthen the existing system in the overall management of land.
Some of the risks identified were favoritism and nepotism in processing of land transactions; collusion between survey officers and land owners; manipulation of land records; and misuse of confidential information (land records) by the dealing officials etc.
Subsequent to the risks identified, causes were analyzed and strategic measures were recommended. The workshop realized that there was a need to enhance the overall transparency and accountability in the management and delivery of land related services. Establishing an enhanced/strong coordination system between the NLCS, the Dzongkhag and the Geog officials also emerged. The workshop suggested the need to initiate integrity education for ensuring an enhanced integrity and accountability of the employees. The need to review the Code of Conduct was also recommended.
The finalized workshop report including the implementation action plans will be shared with the concerned agency for implementation. Implementation of the same will be jointly monitored by the AFD, NLCS and the ACC on a bi-annual basis. It is hoped that with the implementation of these measures, the risks of corruption in the rural and urban land registration system will be curtailed to a large extent.