Thursday, 3 March 2011

Would Jan Lokpal Bill serve as deterrent and India would be corruption less country?

I received an email appealing to join Anna Hazare and other dignitaries for pressing for "Jan Lokpal Bill". All those demanding this bill are scholars in their individual area; they are not corrupt and are ready to even die for the cause. However, my personal opinion differs to some extent. Firstly, no punishment can deter corrupt people and they would find a way to continue their corrupt activities.
(See Secondly, the office of the Lokpal would also occupied by people from us. They would be chosen by politicians. There is no guarantee that non-corrupt persons would be chosen for this office. Thirdly, people cannot keep a watch on this office all the time. This bill is theoretically excellent but improbable for implementation. In my opinion efforts should be concentrated on finding solution so that corruption becomes impossible. The system should be changed rather than use of severe punishment. Salient features of Jan Lokpal Bill received through email are given below. These articles also may be checked
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. However, there is no response.
An institution called LOKPAL at the centre and LOKAYUKTA in each state will be set up 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. 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. The loss that a corrupt person caused to the government will be recovered at the time of conviction. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. JAN LOKPAL BILL will act as deterrent and instil fear against corruption.
(This movement is neither affiliated nor aligned to any political party)

1 comment:

Jana said...

In an interview published in DNA Pune edition civil rights activist Shri Binayak Sen stated as under:-
"A law can never eradicate corruption because the present system of liberalisation, globalisation and privatisation is responsible for encouraging it and it is this system that must change, says civil rights activist Binayak Sen told DNA. He added that he respected Lokpal Bill crusader Anna Hazare and had "nothing against him.""

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