Anna Hazare and Jan Lokpal Bill

Apr 9, 2011

Anna Hazare fasts unto death started on 5th April.
He was demanding enactment of a strong anti-corruption law - Jan Lokpal Bill to ensure swiftness and certainty of punishment to the corrupt.anna hazare    

Anna Hazare breaks fast after 96 hours
Social activist Anna Hazare has ended his fast after over 90 hours with official negotiators accepting all his conditions. Thousands were waiting for Anna Hazare to break his fast.

Last time when Anna sat on fast:

  • 6 corrupt ministers in Maharashtra had to resign
  • 400 corrupt officers were dismissed from job
  • 2002 - Maharashtra RTI Act was passed
  • 2006 - Central Government withdrew its proposal to amend
    Central RTI Act

JAN LOKPAL BILL will act as deterrent and instill fear in the minds of corrupt people.
At 78, Anna is not fasting for himself, he is fasting for the future of India.anna hazare1

Across India, joined Sri Sri Ravishankar, Swami Agnivesh, Arch Bishop of Delhi Vincent Concessao, Mahmood A Madani, Kiran Bedi, J M Lyngdoh, Shanti Bhushan, Prashant Bhushan, Arvind Kejriwal, Mufti Shamoom Qasmi, Mallika Sarabhai, Arun Bhatia, Sunita Godara, Swami Ramdev, All India Bank Employees Federation, PAN IIT Alumni Association, Common Cause, Foundation for Restoration of National Values and many other prominent organizations and leaders, as India comes out on the streets!

Salient features of Jan Lokpal Bill

Drafted by Justice Santosh Hegde, Prashant Bhushan and Arvind Kejriwal, this Bill has been refined on the basis of feedback received from public on
website and after series of public consultations. It has also been vetted by
and is supported by Shanti Bhushan, J M Lyngdoh, Kiran Bedi, Anna Hazare etc. It was sent to the PM and all CMs on 1st December. anna hazare3

  1. An institution called LOKPAL at the centre and LOKAYUKTA in each state
  will be set up
  2. Like Supreme Court and Election Commission, they will be completely
  independent of the governments. No minister or bureaucrat will be able to
  influence their investigations.
  3. Cases against corrupt people will not linger on for years anymore:
  Investigations in any case will have to be completed in one year. Trial
  should be completed in next one year so that the corrupt politician, officer
  or judge is sent to jail within two years.
  4. The loss that a corrupt person caused to the government will be
  recovered at the time of conviction.
  5. How will it help a common citizen: If any work of any citizen is not
  done in prescribed time in any government office, Lokpal will impose
  financial penalty on guilty officers, which will be given as compensation to
  the complainant.
  6. So, you could approach Lokpal if your ration card or passport or voter
  card is not being made or if police is not registering your case or any
  other work is not being done in prescribed time. Lokpal will have to get it
  done in a month’s time. You could also report any case of corruption to
  Lokpal like ration being siphoned off, poor quality roads been constructed
  or panchayat funds being siphoned off. Lokpal will have to complete its
  investigations in a year, trial will be over in next one year and the
  guilty will go to jail within two years.
  7. But won’t the government appoint corrupt and weak people as Lokpal
  members? That won’t be possible because its members will be selected by
  judges, citizens and constitutional authorities and not by politicians,
  through a completely transparent and participatory process.
  8. What if some officer in Lokpal becomes corrupt? The entire functioning
  of Lokpal/ Lokayukta will be completely transparent. Any complaint against
  any officer of Lokpal shall be investigated and the officer dismissed within
  two months.
  9. What will happen to existing anti-corruption agencies? CVC,
  departmental vigilance and anti-corruption branch of CBI will be merged into
  Lokpal. Lokpal will have complete powers and machinery to independently
  investigate and prosecute any officer, judge or politician.anna hazare4

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