Lokpal Bill (the softer version) was drafted by Mr. Shanti Bushan in 1969 and is still pending to be passed by the Parliament. It once was passed by Lok Sabha in 1969 but such an idea was rejected in Rajya Sabha even then.
The Jan-Lok Pal Bill is a more effective version of the pending Lokpal Bill drafted by Anna Hazare and co (viz Shanti Bushan, Prashant Bushan, Justice Santosh Hegde, Kiran Bedi and Aravind Kejriwal). This post concentrates on what exactly the Jan-Lok Pal bill is and what its features are.
In Sanskrit Loka means inhabitants (in this case people of India) and Pala means to protect. Its sole intention is to protect the interests of the common man.
(i) The bill seeks the appointment of Jan-Lok Pal, an independent body which will investigate all charges of corruption. It will be similar to the election commission and like the election commission it will not report to any member of Parliament (elected representative).
(ii) The bill promises that if a complaint is made against a person and he/she is found guilty, he/she shall be imprisoned within 2 years of the date of filing of the complaint.
(iii) The person’s ill acquired wealth shall be confiscated from him/her and shall be re-directed towards the welfare of the nation-state.
(iv)The bill gives the Jan-Lok Pal the power to interrogate and investigate bureaucrats, politicians and hopefully the Prime Minister himself.
(v) A Lok-Ayukta will be set up on each state and it will have offices in all possible locations (like police stations) and the Jan-Lok Pal at the center.
(vi) The trial against the accused would also be completed within the next year so if convicted, the corrupt person is sent to jail within two years ensuring quick justice.
(vii) The Lokpal also aims to help common citizens by ensuring that the Government is penalized for any slack work. In response to any citizen who complains against work not done within the prescribed time by any Government office, the Lokpal will impose a financial penalty on the guilty party and the fine will be given as compensation to the complainant.
(viii) So, a person could approach the Lokpal if the ration card or passport or voter card is not yet made within the prescribed time or if the police is unwilling to register a case or any other work not being done in due time. The Lokpal vows to get it done in a month’s time.
(ix) One could also report any case of corruption to the Lokpal like ration being siphoned off or poor quality roads being constructed or the Panchayat funds being siphoned off.
(x) To ensure no internal corruption is possible, the members of the Lokpal will be selected by judges, citizens and constitutional authorities and not by politicians, through a completely transparent and participatory process. (which is yet to be formulated). A better idea would be to include it as a service in UPSC examinations or some other public service examinations.
As you can infer it is essentially an anti-politician Bill. Anna Hazare is hell-bent on including all existing charges of corruption (Bofors, 2G, CWG…..) in the Lok Pal investigations.
It means in the first few years/months (before Lok Pal itself gets corrupted or Anna Hazare dies/killed) the political class which principally consists of
dacoits persons like P. Chidambaram and Antonio Maino might feel the wrath of Lok Pal.
So they try all they can to disrupt the proceedings of the formation of the Jan-Lok Pal. That is why they let loose their living cartoons Digvijay Singh and Manish Tiwari. That is why Antionio Maino is not censuring them for their complete slander and ridiculous statements against citizen activists.
What can we do
If you have all the time in the world you can join the huge movement against corruption with Anna Hazare or Baba Ramdev. If you are a blogger or active in social networking circles, campaign there (like me and others).
Else you are too busy and got a life of your own, well, then I guess go out there, vote and boot out this Congress’s, the most corrupt Government in the whole world. Else if you are bent upon leaving India to rot and to fly abroad to some University only to get yourself racially abused, you can go ahead.
But for sure India will not rot, because at least some people (like me) will be here for its welfare.
People like Medha Patkar
Famous activists like Medha Patkar and Aruna Roy who never want to get their hands dirty and try and discredit what ever Narendra Modi does must be asked to stay away from their selective activism (They are always aligned towards the Congress) because we have got people like Anna Hazare and they are irrelevant anyway.
“Threat to Democracy”
Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwary has said the movement like Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev’s is the “tyranny of the un-elected or un-electable” and added that “It posts a great threat to Indian democracy.”
Mr Tiwary fails to recognize that it is not a threat posed by a group of individuals but the outrage of people of this country which causes a threat to India as a nation-state. This “threat” if it all it is one, exists only because of the Congress’ inaction against corruption.
They have the balls to accuse the BJP of not doing anything against corruption. In 2001, PM Atal Bihari Vajpyee agreed to Congress demands that the PM be included in the ambit of the Lokpal bill, but guess what.
The Congress themselves rejected the bill later.
Don’t worry though, 2014 will be the extinction event of the Congress.