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Jan Lokpal Bill: Do We Need It?

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By Anirban Ghoshal:

India, a nation which accounted a population of 1.6 billion last census, which was declared last week, is still in its developing stages since the time the canopy of the British empire was shed back in 1947.

With the UPA-II government in a vortex of scams, it is quite natural for a civilian to ask for a law which oversees the functioning of the government in a very closely monitored and stringent manner.

When we have politicians moving money into thin air and Central Vigilance Commissioners who are involved in scams, the called order for the course comes into play wherein the people who are ruled start demanding answers from the very system which govern the people.

The Jan Lokpal Bill is the aftermath of today’s corrupted Indian political and bureaucratic scenario.

This bill was drafted and refined by justice Santosh Hedge, the Karnataka Lokayukta chief judge, Prashant Bhushan and Arvind Kejriwal on the basis of feedback from public websites and after a series of public consultations. Furthermore the bill’s support stretches out to personalities like Shanti Bhushan, J M Lyngdoh, Kiran Bedi, Anna Hazare.

The bill was sent to the PM and all CMs on 1st December but there has been no response yet.

The bill looks forward to having institutions called Lokpal at the centre and Lokayukta in each state which will be completely independent of the governments or ministers or bureaucrats like the apex court and the election commission.

It also promises to look over at solving cases promptly and delve into any matters taken as a complaint against any lokpal/Lokayukta officer who will be dismissed within two months of complaint if found guilty after investigation.

This bill is independent of any political party support and supported by Saaku, an anti corruption group in southern India and India Against Corruption.

A former Karnataka assembly speaker stated in a rally which aimed at levying support for the bill that corruption is a big tree with its roots reaching deep into the soil and will require more hands to uproot it completely and send it into oblivion. Anna Hazare, a soldier and a survivor of the 1965 Indo-Pak war has given an ultimatum to the prime minister to enact the stringent bill or he shall fast unto death.

“We have been betrayed by those that are leading us,” said Hazare.

But what will happen to the CVC and the other anti-corruption branches of CBI, will India have a new law for every scam and disorder happening in the country and to add to it does it have the infrastructure and fund to start a new venture like the Lokpal as the Jan Lokpal bill suggests?

This calls for close scrutiny of all the other existing systems which are there to administer proper functioning of the government and not for a new system

The budget also gave a hint that the scams had a huge role to play in the deficit of money in the central treasury and which forced the finance minister Pranab Mukherjee to play at the gallery by increasing FDI and by reducing industrial taxes.

A country where economics is a problem and inflation or recession is the order of every quarter or fiscal one should look at stabilizing the present infrastructure rather than opening a new one which will again open itself for the ever growing plague in India called ‘corruption’.

Thus let us really decide and have a thought over this bill; can we afford a bill like this, right now?

 

The writer is a student of Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media.

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  1. Guru

    Yes we need it. If we can host Common wealth games (CWG) and leak trillions but find it hard to fund national important life line like Jan Lokpal, it is not even funny. Lokpal is needed for survival,further leaks will be stopped and there will flood of reserves. Other than CWG if we put all the scams losses as accepted by Government. Every Indian has lost more than Rs 20,000. We can fund many lokpal, run and give millions to whistleblowers as rewards with the kind of money we have lost. Let lokpal come, in six months all these scams will be ripped open and money robbed will be recovered, that it self is a big revenue. My fear is there will be every trick in the trade to stop Lokpal, it is a sword that will hang on corrupt peoples head. If now you stop Lokpal India will be burning mark my words.

    There is no confusion here, Lokpal will transfer lot of personal under it’s fold from other Institution thus funds in proportion will be released as they are budgeted. Some further funding will be required. If we still have problem UN will through it’s institutions funds if we request. To get rid of corruption Indian citizens will be the first to give donations.

    Top priority is to put corrupt in jail this is the only way to stop the cancer and move forward.

    Finally can you tell me how did you conclude,todays India can not afford Jan Lokpal, I am a bit confused.

  2. Aseem Gupta

    Even I do not feel so much importance of having another agency to probe in to corruption charges. There are few observations i need to make in order to support my view point:
    1) We have many agencies which are equipped enough to investigate the corruption charges. Instead, our media is so free now that they also questions about the charges. But as we all agreed that many of the officials are corrupted or actually do not do justice with their position, what is the guarantee that Lokpals will not get corrupted (As per bills, lokpals are ex-justices, lawyers, Chief Justices etc with atleast 25 years if experience in investigation) whose chances are quite high as they already minted money by taking bribes? Who will keep the check on Lokpals?
    2) Who will ensure that Jan Lokpal will not wrongly use their powers as being done by most of the such agencies?
    3) Why Anna’s teams involves most of the ex-chief justice and lawyers? As they are the most expected preliminary Lokpals.
    4) Why don’t our Civil Society members try to raise their voice against the corruption in government agencies and bring out issues concerning it?
    5) Inclusion of PM in the Lokpal boundaries will not creates doubt of forming a possible Parallel Government?? Who will take actions against the corrupt lokpal?
    6) Dont you think that after so much of dialogues and discussions over the inclusion of PM, we are un-necessary wasting time in the implementation of Jan Lokpal Bill, but why this delay is happening??
    7) Do we require judicial system after having Lokpal?? Are the interest of the 2 agencies will not conflict?? Why we need to create a confused state of governance??

    And Many more…..

    But there are too many loop-holes and suspicious interest lying in the lokpal bill.

    What a comman man requires is the strength of democracy, strong judicial system, corrupt free country, growth and development of our nation, use of their hard money for right purpose. But they are not concerned with Lokpal or no-lokpal…!!!

  3. Deep

    Anna ji . you are a agent of some political party..

  4. Monika

    Mr Anna Ji. ur r not a political leader u doing ur work. not a leader work.

  5. rakesh desai

    annaji all indians r there with u . lets make india anti corrupt.

  6. shilpa umesh deshmukh

    Dear INDIAN, As all of us are aware of the responsibilities and duties towards our mother land india, i am requesting all to be a part of anti corruption bill movement JAN LOKPAL BILL and support Anna (for every individual of india) from heart. This is the right time right movement, definately will impact the present scenario of the corruption. VANDE MATRAM. UMESH & SHILPA DESHMUKH (HYDRABAD)

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