Friday, April 8, 2011

Some Facts about Anna Hazare and Lok Pal Bill

1.Who is Anna Hazare?

Annna Hazare is an ex-army man, who fought 1965 Indo-Pak War.
Anna Hazare was awarded Padma Bhushan and is a known figure for his social activities. He is supporting a cause, the amendment of a law to curb corruption in India.

2.What's so special about him?
He built a village Ralegaon Siddhi in Ahamad Nagar district, Maharashtra .This village is a self-sustained model village. Energy is produced in the village itself from solar power, bio fuel and wind mills.
 In 1975, it used to be a poverty clad village. Now it is one of the richest village in India. It has become a model for self-sustained, eco-friendly & harmonic village.

3. Why was he agitating and fasting?

He is advocating for a Bil, The Lok Pal Bill (The Citizen Ombudsman Bill), that will form an autonomous authority who will make politicians (ministers), bureaucrats (IAS/IPS) accountable for their deeds.

4. It's an entirely new thing right..?

No, this is pending for almost four decades In 1972, the bill was proposed by then Law minister Mr. Shanti Bhushan. Since then it has been neglected by the politicians and some are trying to change the bill to suit their theft (corruption).

5  Can the bill be passed in such a short span of time?

The first thing he is asking for is: the govt should come forward and announce that the bill is going to be passed. Next, they make a joint committee to DRAFT the LOK PAL BILL. 50% government participation and 50% public participation. Because one can't trust the govt entirely for making such a bill which does not suit them. Otherwise this would have passed long ago.

6.What will happen when this bill is passed?

A LokPal will be appointed at the centre. He will have an autonomous charge, say like the Election Commission of India. In each and every state, Lokayukta will be appointed. The job is to bring all alleged party to trial  in case of corruptions within 1 year. Within 2 years, the guilty will be  punished.

6.Who are most corrupt in India?

Today, corruption is deep rooted in India. It is easy to count on fingers who still not corrupt. But going by degree of corruption, most infected are those who are responsible to book the guilty. In order they are :

1. Politicians    -  Who make the legislation
2. Police          - Who has to book the culprits and maintain law and order
3. Judiciary      -  Who has to make the impartial judgement

Input received from Mr Nikhil Zaveri

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