What is Lokpal Bill and what does this mean to a common Indian ?

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Now you hear about Anna Hazare’s fasting until death and most of us were not aware who is Anna Hazare and what is this Lokpal Bill about? Anna Hazare (Dr.Kisan Baburao Hazare) is a social activist born on 15th June 1938 and he is known to develop a model village at Ahmednagar in Maharashtra called Ralegan Siddhi and is also a recipient of Padma Bhushan in 1992 for his contributions. Anna Hazare is a personality who has taken the best effort to put some bars on corruption in India. These days we see lots of scams coming up, but do we hear much about the punishments and actions being taken against these corrupt bureaucrats and politicians? No, not much, reason is that the people doing the investigation against such allegations are the people who are appointed by the same people who are involved in these scams. Anna Hazare is again the person who was behind the Right to Information Act (RTI Act). He had gone on hunger strike in the year 2003 to get the RTI act bill passed and more than getting the bill passed, he traveled about 12,000 km to create an awareness of this act. We really need people like him to get these corrupt politicians and bureaucrats to hold responsibility and close the loopholes in our system.

Lokpal Bill and Jan Lokpal Bill

Lokpal bill at the current state has lots of loopholes and does not serves the purpose. The Lokpal cannot, under the proposed Bill, investigate any case against the Prime Minister in the arena of external affairs and defence. As a part of this movement, N. Santosh Hegde, a former justice of the Supreme Court of India, Prashant Bhushan, a senior lawyer in the Supreme Court along with the members of the India Against Corruption movement drafted an alternate bill, named as the Jan Lokpal Bill. We need to get this bill passed and implemented with all the loopholes closed, independent from Politicians and bureaucrats, like the Supreme Court of India. This movement from a person like Anna Hazare should be supported by each and every citizen of India and compel the responsible people to take an accepted decision at the earliest.

History of Lokpal Bill

This bill has taken 40 years, still not passed by our elected representatives. We had different government in power, but none wanted this to come up as this would be the biggest hurdle for the corrupt politicians. India has changed, the young India, wants a clean India and will do anything and everything to get this done.

  • The Lokpal bill is an outcome of the findings of the Santhanam Committee for the Prevention of Corruption in 1966.
  • Every political party has included the Lokpal bill issue in their election manifesto, but none has implemented it.
  • In 2004 our current Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh had promised on this issue, but still nothing has happened.
You should read this petition to know more about the Lokpal Bill.
Responsibility of every Indian Citizen
We should do everything possible to get this bill passed without any loopholes. In the current state, its again useless and we cannot accept it. It needs to be drafted in a way which will make this things independent from the people in power.

We have been hearing about many scams like the common wealth games scam, IPL scam, 2G Scam, etc. What is being done against he people who are responsible for these scams? We hear crores involved in these scams, are these money coming back? Most of these criminals get strong legal experts, find loopholes and escapes. We no longer want to have this going on and we need a clean India.

What are the loopholes of the Lokpal Bill by the Government

According to the current version of Lokpal Bill, Lokpal will not have any power to either initiate action suo motu in any case or even receive complaints of corruption from public. This is making the Lokpal bill useless. But according to the Jan Lokpal Bill, full powers to initiate investigations suo motu in any case and also to directly entertain complaints from the public. This is something very important and needs to be addressed by the Government and we see most of the political parties finding this as a threat to them. The Government proposed Lokpal bill does wants the Lokpal to be advisory body and just forward the complaints to the recepective department and does not have any right to register and FIR or police powers. This bill not give power to the Lokpal to do any investigation against the Prime Minister, which deals with foreign affairs, security and defence and also no jurisdiction over bureaucrats and government officers. These are the major lacking of the current version with the Government, but we need a Jan Lokpal bill which is addressing the above mentioned issues. Do support for this bill and try your best to force the Government to do it for us. We are the people who have put them on to rule the country and they will have to do it for us.

Update : April 6, 2011, 3:26 am

Anna Hazare is on a fast to death strike for getting the Government to act. The Government of India should call the leader for discussion and start working on this. I do agree, its not something that can be done overnight, but it’s pitty to hear that Anna Hazare had written several times to the responsible Prime Minister of India and never got a reply. So the Gandhian has taken his path of showing his protest.

Update : April 6, 2011, 5:38 am

Flaw of current Lokpal Bill

Lokpal will not have any power to either initiate action suo motu in any case or even receive complaints of corruption from general public. The general public will make complaints to the speaker of Lok Sabha or chairperson of Rajya Sabha. Only those complaints forwarded by Speaker of Lok Sabha/Chairperson of Rajya Sabha to Lokpal would be investigated by Lokpal. This not only severely restricts the functioning of Lokpal, it also provides a tool in the hands of the ruling party to have only those cases referred to Lokpal which pertain to political opponents (since speaker is always from the ruling party).

Read more at: http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/why-hazare-others-oppose-govts-lokpal-bill-2010-96609

Update : April 7, 2011, 2:44 am

Stunning Letting sent by Anna Hazare to the Prime Minister of India

Dear Dr. Singh,

I have started my indefinite fast at Jantar mantar. I had invited you also to fast and pray for a corruption free India on 5th April. Though I did not receive any reply from you, I am hopeful that you must have done that. I am pained to read and hear about government’s reaction to my fast. I consider it my duty to clarify the points raised on behalf of Congress party and the government by their spokespersons, as they appear in media:

1. It is being alleged that I am being instigated by some people to sit on this fast. Dear Manmohan Singh ji, this is an insult to my sense of wisdom and intelligence. I am not a kid that I could be “instigated” into going on an indefinite fast. I am a fiercely independent person. I take advice from many friends and critics, but do what my conscience directs me to do. It is my experience that when cornered, governments resort to such malicious slandering. I am pained that the government, rather than addressing the issue of corruption, is trying to allege conspiracies, when there are none.

2. It is being said that I have shown impatience. Dear Prime Minister, so far, every government has shown complete insensitivity and lack of political commitment to tackling corruption. 62 years after independence, we still do not have independent and effective anti?corruption systems. Very weak versions of Lokpal Bill were presented in Parliament eight times in last 42 years. Even these weak versions were not passed by Parliament. This means, left to themselves, the politicians and bureaucrats will never pass any law which subjects them to any kind of objective scrutiny. At a time, when the country has witnessed scams of unprecedented scale, the impatience of the entire country is justified. And we call upon you, not to look for precedents, but show courage to take unprecedented steps.

3. It is being said that I have shown impatience when the government has “initiated” the process. I would urge you to tell me – exactly what processes are underway? a. You say that your Group of Ministers are drafting the anti?corruption law. Many of the members of this Group of Ministers have such a shady past that if effective anticorruption systems had been in place, some of them would have been behind bars. Do you want us to have faith in a process in which some of the most corrupt people of this country should draft the anti?corruption law? b. NAC sub?committee has discussed Jan Lokpal Bill. But what does that actually mean? Will the government accept the recommendations of NAC sub?committee? So far, UPA II has shown complete contempt for even the most innocuous issues raised by NAC. c. I and many other friends from India Against Corruption movement wrote several letters to you after 1st December. I also sent you a copy of Jan Lokpal Bill on 1st December. We did not get any response. It is only when I wrote to you that I will sit on an indefinite fast, we were promptly invited for discussions on 7th March. I wonder whether the government responds only to threats of indefinite fast. Before that, representatives of India Against Corruption had been meeting various Ministers seeking their support for the Jan Lokpal Bill. They met Mr Moily also and personally handed over copy of Jan Lokpal to him. A few hoursbefore our meeting with you, we received a phone call from Mr Moily’s office that the copy of Jan Lokpal Bill had been misplaced by his office and they wanted another copy. This is the seriousness with which the government has dealt with Jan Lokpal Bill. d. Dear Dr Manmohan Singh ji, if you were in my place, would you have any faith in the aforesaid processes? Kindly let me know if there are any other processes underway. If you still feel that I am impatient, I am happy that I am because the whole nation is feeling impatient at the lack of credible efforts from your government against corruption.

4. What are we asking for? We are not saying that you should accept the Bill drafted by us. But kindly create a credible platform for discussions – a joint committee with at least half members from civil society suggested by us. Your spokespersons are misleading the nation when they say that there is no precedent for setting up a joint committee. At least seven laws in Maharashtra were drafted by similar joint committees and presented in Maharashtra Assembly. Maharashtra RTI Act, one of the best laws of those times, was drafted by a joint committee. Even at the centre, when 25,000 tribals came to Delhi two years ago, your government set up a joint committee on land issues within 48 hours. You yourself are the Chairperson of that committee. This means that the government is willing to set up joint committees on all other issues, but not on corruption. Why?

5. It is being said that the government wants to talk to us and we are not talking to them. This is utterly false. Tell me a single meeting when you called us and we did not come. We strongly believe in dialogue and engagement. Kindly do not mislead the country by saying that we are shunning dialogue. We request you to take some credible steps at stemming corruption. Kindly stop finding faults and suspecting conspiracies in our movement. There are none. Even if there were, it does not absolve you of your responsibilities to stop corruption.

With warm regards,

K B Hazare

Update : April 7, 2011, 2:48 am

Amir Khan’s Letter to Dr Manmohan Singh on the Lokpal Bill issue Amir Khan’s Letter to PM

Update : April 7, 2011, 2:54 am

Anna Hazare do not want any politicians to come near his stage. You know that every political party wants to take credit of any dam thing. Shameless Uma Bharthi and Om Prakash Choutala came to meet Anna and tried to show their support to them. How shameless are these politicians, are the citizens of India so dumb that they do not understand what these corrupt politicians are doing? These politicians were almost kicked away from the fasting location by the supporters of Anna – Shame Shame – No more politicians should try to come near anna and try to take any credit

Update : April 8, 2011, 3:57 am

Talks with the Government failed on two points. One is the chairmanship and the other is on the notification. The most impressive fact of this agitation is that there is no compromise on these two points.

Kejriwal said to the Media, that we are not fighting against the Government, we want a corruption free India and thereisnothing to compromise on this. We see every Indian citizen want this to be done and most of the political party who are not in power are also taking this positively.

I am sure this will happen very soon. My appeal to the people of India is that today we have IPL matches starting, don’t forget about our country, continue your support to this great movement, we need to fight till be get this bill implemented.

Picture of Anna Hazare Movement

Anna Hazare Fasting until death at Janthar Manthar

Kiran bedi with Anna

The protest is not just in Delhi, people are showing their support around the country and even outside India. This shows how much people of India are desperate and they wanted somebody to give a start.

Update : April 8, 2011, 3:24 pm

Breaking News

The Government has agreed to 100% of the demand from Anna Hazare. Hopefully the fasting should end tonight. Congrats Anna and the people of India who made this happen

Post Comments : 16

  • rahul gulati

    i want to only say that ,please Anna sir you should go in the Political parties ,so then you can pass the Lokpal bill,which is very important for stop the corruption.

  • RAJU KHAN

    Jai Hind,
    My dear INDIANS (NOT INDIA) WE ARE ALL CORRUPT AND WE WILL REMAIN CORRUPT, NO MATTER WHAT WE WILL DO, WE CANNOT CHANGE, GO HOME AND SEND ANNA HAZARE TO TO HOME TOWN,

    SOME THINGS CANNOT BE CHANGED
    TELL ME WILL YOU MARRY MY DAUGHTER IF I DIDNOT GIVE YOU DOWRY NO, FOR GIVING DOWRY I NEED MONEY TO GET THAT MONEY I NEED TO BE CORRUPT, MY SON WANTS TO JOIN A MEDICAL COLLAGE I NEED TO PAY CAPITATION FEES FOR COLLECTING CAPITATION FEES I NEED TO BE CORRUPT, MY DAUGHTER NEEDS A GOVERNMENT JOB WE NEED TO PAY TO GET IT SO I NEED TO BE CORRUPT, I WANT A TRANSFER TO GET IT I NEED TO PAY OTHER WISE I WILL NOT GET TRANSFERRED. AT LAST I NEED A DECENT HOUSE TO RETIRE TO BUILD THAT I NEED A FORTUNE AND I GET THAT FORTUNE ONLY IF I AM CORRUPT>>>>

    MY DEAR INDIANS BEFORE WE WIPEOUT CORRUPTION WE NEED TO WIPEOUT A MILLION DISEASES FOR OUR COUNTRY
    TO DAY I AM GIVING YOU THE FIRST ONE- AND THE IRST ONE IS SPENDING ON THE ELECTIONS,

    IF ANY POLITICIAN HAS TO BE ELECTED HE STARTS FROM GRASS ROOTS AND SPENDS CRORES TO GROW AND WHEN HE BCOMES A MP HE DEFINATELY SPEND APPROXIMATELY 50 CRORES ALL THIS MONEY HE NEEDS TO MULTIPLY, HOW YOU ALL KNOW….

    PLEASE PARDON ME IF I HAVE HURT YOUR FEELINGS ,,,, BUT I KNOW THAT OUR POLITICIANS WILL DEFINATELY NOT ALLOW THE LOKPAL BILL PASS ATLEAST FOR ANOTHER 25 YEARS I AM SURE THATZ WHY I AM CONCENTRATING ON OTHER THNGS…

    WISH YOU GOOD LUCK
    RAJU A POOR INDIAN AND INDIA IS POOR

  • mukesh kumar

    jai hind first thanks to Dr kisan baburao hazare ji government is not sleeping peoples are sleeping so first wake up the peoples corressponding to government wake up automatically jai bharat

  • Sumit singh

    Hi,
    This is a time to participate. I request you to all people to support Anna.

  • anjali thakur

    india needed a law to bann corruption,
    our hero mr.anna hazare nd we indians can make this possible..
    this law will bring greenary in india!!

  • Rajiv Gupta

    Steering Committee under Dr Hazare should make the government confirm an agenda defining date-wise steps it will take in drafting the Bill. 2.A time-table per which it wil be made a law.

    Nothing short of a firm & a clinical plan should be accepted from this government. the task has to be accomplished by the government in a given time-frame; no more Molliys misplacing draft-copies & seeking more copies!!

  • mansih

    Congratulation for Big fight against the Corruption. !!!

    After 62 years of freedam age…A Old “India” said,
    Hey!!!… ANNA, where is my my ‘Kohinoor’???…
    where is my ‘Pak’???…
    where is my ‘Bangla’????….

    Mujhe Lekar Do Na. – INDIA(Bharat).

    Mujhe To “India” Kahne Par Bhi Sharam Si Aati Hai……
    Aap Kahte Hai English Kaanoon. How can develop the Hindi Kaanoon???????
    =========================================
    WHAT IS THE FINANCE MEANING & DEFINITION TO THE INDIA on today matters. IS IT ENOUGH THE FINANCE

    OR ECONOMICAL CRITERIA TO INDIA AS A BASE. FINANCE & ECONOMIC IS ENOUGH ALL FOR RUNNING TO

    BHARAT OR INDIA.
    =========================================
    Aam aadmi and Aam Letters…

    Post
    and
    soochna ka adhikar….

    How many normal letters is pending which is reached from a Normal person to Every Govt. sector and it is not

    replying. Many people have posted their letters which is registered post,speed post, normal dak(rs. 5 stamped). all

    the dak is reaching to the correct person of the every govt. sector. It is a very big problem in Indian for a poor people.

    Is more of the dak radhi for the dustbin. In the many of the government sectors, they have issued or published their

    e-mail but not replying to the people so it is surprising that many of the questions and matters will be

    pending????…Every year, How many letters is being reaching to the Govt. sector and replying.

  • param

    we all r with anna ji to teach lesson to these poltician . corruption became common in india these blady poltician dont even bothered after looting crores of rs. I think anna ji doing the right thing .DIN HAI AUR RAAT HAI. HUM ANNA JI KE SAATH HAIN..JAY HIND

  • murugadas

    looting netaji’s INA wealth to 2g spectram scam, kargil coffin to aadarsh, we cant tollerate any more, drive them out of the country dont put in Tigar jail, built a jail in andaman or laksha deep for these ugly elements

  • Macwan Rakesh

    Finally people are becoming sensitive. I fill this law is very important for the growth and develoment of our country. It is not just investments which will develope but this law will. Because so call economical grpwth shown by each state or center is not truth. Millions of people are still without basic facilities in our country. It is creating big divide. I hope and wish wisdom and truth will prevail finally. Govt. will consent to demand like RTI. I am with this movement and with Anna. Wish him good health

    rakesh

  • Arvind Singh Bisht

    Respected Hazare Ji,

    People of Indian Republic nation with you.

    Arvind Singh Bisht
    Chandigarh

  • Alok Kulshrestha

    Anna Hajare’s step will be mile stone for battle of Corruption
    Every People with this Great man

  • Aditya Nayak

    Hi Kishore,

    Really liked your post. I have compiled a list of top 15 posts on the issue and I included yours too. Here is the link:

    http://www.adityakumarnayak.com/2011/top-12-resources-on-anna-hazares-fast-corruption-jan-lokpal-bill/

  • Amita .N.Kharat

    Hello sir! this step taken by ANNA HAZARE JI was a much needed step to’ shake’ and’ wake’ the slepping government who is giving a blind eye to the serious issues like the 2G scams, IPL scams,ADARSH scams etc… today the people of india are still fighting of basic needs in india .This is such a shameful thing of the government as it is only responsible of this… “THE FAST” kept by “SIR ANNA HAZARE JI ” and his supporters is an eye opener to the UNION GOVERNMENT AND THE CORRUPT MINISTERS who now have to pay for the shameful act they have done to the country and its people… JAI HIND!!!

  • Dinesh

    INDIA against Corruption is the movement of every Citizens of India, and they would not prove themselves Cowards to stand against Corruption like Politicians. ANNA HAZARE must be supported for better future of Current and Future generations. This is the Freedom Fight against the slavery of Corrupts and Looters. PM Manmohan is like a FLY caught in the SPIDER NET of it’s own Corrupt Spider Politicians who has no WILL to pass BILL, and India cannot expect any better. This movement is motivated on the principles of Mahatma Gandhi for better India. Go ANNA Go, India is with you to bring JAN LOKPAL BILL. Jai Anna Hazare, JAI HIND.

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