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It all started on Tuesday, 5th April 2011 when the entire nation was still in the world-cup hangover. Anna Hazare, a veteran Gandhian and well-known social activist decided to go on an indefinite strike for his demand of a stronger anti-graft Lokpal Bill through greater involvement of civil society. And his step created a tsunami of support!
It is rarely seen in India that people come together in huge numbers for supporting a cause. They might do it in small sections, but the entire nation, so far, has been swinging only on one tune and that is cricket. Anna Hazare’s fast changed this picture overnight!
It was in 1969 when the first Lokpal Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha but could not get through in Rajya Sabha and now after 42 years from there, the Lokpal bill is still pending in India. The Jan Lokpal Bill or the Citizen's Ombudsman Bill is a draft anti-corruption bill drawn up by prominent civil society activists that would pave the way for a Jan Lokpal, an independent body which would have the power to prosecute politicians and bureaucrats without government permission.
The bill has been drafted by Shanti Bhushan, former IPS officer Kiran Bedi, Justice N. Santosh Hegde, renowned advocate Prashant Bhushan, former chief election commissioner J. M. Lyngdoh in consultation with the leaders of the ‘India Against Corruption’ movement and the civil society. The draft bill demands for the institution of the office of Lokpal at center and Lok Ayukta at state level. It is designed to create an effective anti-corruption and grievance redressal systems and to provide effective protection to whistleblowers. The argument and the support for the Jan Lokpal Bill is centered around the fact that India is one of the top three economies in the world but sinks to number 87 due to widespread corruption in the government departments. All the eight versions of the previously presented Lokpal bill are said to be too weak to address this menace, yet none of them could have been passed.
Government Proposal (Lolpal Bill 2010):
Anna Hazare’s proposal (Jan Lokpal Bill):
Today, Anna Hazare’s battle against corruption is fast spreading across the nation, the youth are highly inspired and voice their support in real and virtual world. The struggle has a long way to go even after the bill is passed. The inspired youth, supporting celebrities and the strong corporate entities should continue their efforts to tackle the menace of corruption. Mere passing of bill would not be sufficient if we want to totally eradicate corruption.
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