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‘This Lokpal will not be effective'

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Prashant Bhushan.
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‘Standing Committee report violates sense of the house resolution'

The recommendations in the report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Lokpal Bill will not create an institution of Lokpal that can effectively deal with corruption, Team Anna member and lawyer Prashant Bhushan has said.

Reacting to the report that was tabled in both Houses of Parliament on Friday, Mr. Bhushan said the Lokpal would not be effective because the appointment and removal of Lokpal were controlled by the government. The investigation machinery, the Central Bureau of Investigation, would be controlled by the government. The Lokpal's jurisdiction was curtailed and there was confusion about who would investigate.

“The jurisdiction of Lokpal will be curtailed by removing the top [Prime Minister, MPs, higher judiciary] and the bottom [Group C and D employees.] There is confusion as to who will investigate the complaints of corruption. The Grievance Redress and higher judiciary will be addressed through separate bills, which are also not effective. This report violates the ‘sense of the house resolution. Several dissenting notes convey that many people, including those of the Congress, have problems with the report.”

Activist Anna Hazare would stage a day-long agitation at Jantar Mantar on Sunday. He had also announced a longer agitation at the Ramlila Maidan after the winter session of Parliament.

At a press conference, when asked if the recommendations would make Mr. Hazare “unhappy,” chairman of the Standing Committee Abhishek Singhvi said: “The panel comprised 14 parties. My job was not to please anyone or everyone. If the committee is set up to rubber-stamp any proposal, then it is no point having any committee.”

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Team anna members should respect parliamentary procedures & should accept the reality that they have to be flexible regarding such sensitive & importatnt bill. PM is the highest constitutional position in our democracy & they(team anna) shuold respect to this position. howeaver, the conflict regarding the point of CBI, whether it sould be under purview of lokpal or not, this decision also must taken by discussuion by presenting it in parliament. We needs corruption free india & central aS well as state governments are taking positive steps regarding this. We should respect the procedure & must kept flexible attitude.

from:  Gaurav Anap
Posted on: Dec 10, 2011 at 17:41 IST

If congress is not cautious on the issue to implement strong lokpal, I bet congress will be a history from next election, our children can learn like “once upon a time there was a party called congress”. Every party in India survived by people’s pathetic condition, they leave people in pitiable situation on their basic issue like getting a ration card or a license for small business, at this juncture politician come over there like a savior to the society with some illegitimate solution, if the lokpal law implement their only known job will ceased. I don’t think the corepathi Kapill, or Rahul did ever come across this situation so maybe they don’t interest in the decree. My another concern is we have so many petty unnecessary laws which cause the officials to bribe one example is in Kerala if you construct a new home there you must build a water reservoir to pass sanction but I never see this pit near a house, that we can overcome by bribing a 1000 or 5000 rupees, if lokpal bill implement in its true sense an official can block any application on this type of issues then people start to hate the good movement. So we must think how to switch off this system properly, my opinion is this can be handled by signing an affidavit or penalty like attending the concern study class, thus officials can get a good knowledge and they become knowledge hunting to perform, now days all public servant ( they think all people their servants ) lazy, impudent at knowledge.
As a citizen of India as like you think I think how to tackle the situation if all party deny the bill in parliament. If Ann make a party the aggressive people come over to form a regional setup and start bucket funding, my suggestion is the core comity view well known social workers independently from each constituency and if they will ready to participate make them candidate, if they are a handful numbers choose one of them by drawing one name (like lottery) so fate make them candidate no further argument on this issue (ensure this move in presence of all candidate), take an oath on jan lokpal and all relevant issues. I think corruption is the mother of naxalism and all social imbalances. I love my India. I like your suggestion and discussion on my opinion.

from:  rajeev k sivaram
Posted on: Dec 10, 2011 at 16:59 IST

At least some thing is better than nothing. However, we should fight for inclusion rather than exclusion like CBI in RTI Act, 2005. CBI was unauthorisedly excluded from RTI Act. Well before exclusion, they (CBI) started refusing to entertain public queries by stating that CBI has been excluded from the purview of RTI Act. It is because CBI persons wanted to earn illegally public money.

from:  vijay
Posted on: Dec 10, 2011 at 13:32 IST

The proposals of committee are neither draconian like Hazare's janlokpal
nor toothless like government earlier draft. Most importantly the
autonomy of CBI has been given a boost by keeping it out of government
as well as lokpal. Any new institution takes time to establish and
suitable changes can be further made.

from:  sanjay
Posted on: Dec 10, 2011 at 11:56 IST

With no concerted assurance to contain and control corruption at all levels in the governance, frustrated people of India shall resort to radical means of crushing the backbone of the corrupt politicians elected to the parliament. The tide of time is advancing. This is the opportunistic time with UPA's Congress available to save their future existence. People need corruption-free India. Do it now, act now, or face the dire consequences due to wrath of the people. Wake up India!!

from:  Prof. B.D. Sharma
Posted on: Dec 9, 2011 at 23:42 IST
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