Current System Government Departmental Vigilance Departmental Heads Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) Departmental Vigilance Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
Lokpal Bill Not passed in 42 years 6 times in Parliament
The Jan Lokpal Bill Drafted in November 2010 by Shanti Bhushan, Prashant Bhushan, Arvind Kejriwal and Santosh Hegde All democratic procedures followed – sent to PM, Sonia Gandhi, Leader of Opposition, met them – but no positive response An all-Party leader meeting called in New Delhi Joint statement of support by CPM, CPI, TDP, RLD, JD (S), JD (U) etc. BJP also supports the Lokpal Bill A Strong Anti-Corruption Bill
Converted into Mass Movement <ul><li>Kiran Bedi, Sri Sri Ravishankar, Swami Ramdev, Mohd Madani, Cardinal Gracius, ArchBishop Concessao, Swami Agnivesh, Syed Rizvi and many others join the movement </li></ul><ul><li>Rallies in 60 cities on 30 th Jan 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Anna Hazare takes the lead </li></ul><ul><li>Declares his intent to go on fast unto death for joint drafting committee for Jan Lokpal Bill </li></ul><ul><li>PM meets on March 7, but says he has no time till 13 th May and wants to form GoM for Lokpal (not Jan Lokpal Bill) </li></ul><ul><li>Anna continues with his decision to go on a fast on April 5 </li></ul>
Anna Hazare Declares Fast Unto Death Play Video
India’s Second Independence Begins! Government Forced to Accept Entire country erupts in support <ul><li>Lakhs of People come on streets </li></ul><ul><li>Thousands start indefinite fast </li></ul>Media shows the anger and support of the people All right thinking people come out in support
Joint Committee: Our Members Prashant Bhushan: SC Advocate and a Crusader Anna Hazare: Social worker Shanti Bhushan: ex-Law Minister and SC lawyer Arvind Kejriwal: Resigned from IRS for social work Justice Santosh Hegde: K’taka Lok Ayukta
Joint Committee Formed Government accepts joint drafting committee for Jan Lokpal Bill All original people who had drafted have become the part of committee Meetings begin amidst hope, next meeting on 2 nd May Our members announce their assets, accounts Demand for videography for transparency India Against Corruption declares revenue & expenses on website
Jan Lokpal Bill: Salient Features - 1 Complaints of acts of omission or commission punishable under the Prevention of Corruption Act Complaints from whistleblowers Misconduct by a government servant Complaints against the staff of Lokpal Covers
Jan Lokpal Bill: Salient Features - 2 Independent Body Autonomy similar to the Election Commission Can initiate investigations on direct complaints by citizens
Jan Lokpal Bill: Salient Features - 3 Departmental vigilance CVC (Central Vigilance Commission) CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) LOKPAL
Jan Lokpal Bill: Salient Features - 4 Politicians including the Prime Minister Government Officers Corruption Cases of Judges JURIDICTION OVER
Jan Lokpal Bill: Salient Features - 5 Time limit for investigation is between 6 months to 12 months and trial within another 12 months. Within 18 to 24 months, corrupt people will start filling jail. Punishment will be more severe if the accused is of higher rank. Punishment not less than one years of rigorous imprisonment and may extend up to life imprisonment.
Jan Lokpal Bill: Salient Features - 6 <ul><li>The Jan Lokpal bill proposes a committee selected by the Prime Minister, the leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha, two youngest judges of the Supreme Court, two youngest chief justices of high courts, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), and the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC). </li></ul><ul><li>A search committee selected from former CAGs, and CECs, will invite recommendations from such class of people or such individuals as it deems fit. It will recommend to the prime minister the names three times the number of vacancies that exist. </li></ul>
Jan Lokpal Bill: Salient Features - 7 The Jan Lokpal bill has provisions for the complete recovery of money lost due to corruption
Jan Lokpal Bill Salient Features - 8 Every public officer will have to put up statement of assets and liabilities annually of their and their family members to their department who will put it up on the internet. If any property is found outside this statement, Lokpal can confiscate it. All records and information of Lokpal shall be publicly accessible under Right to Information Act, even at the stage of investigation or enquiry. Complaints against employee of Lokpal will be dealt in a month's time and the strictest punishment awarded.
Impact of JLPB Corruption on day-to-day issues will reduce drastically Most corrupt Officers, Politicians and Judges would go to jail within two years of complaints Clean-up of the political system that is thriving on corruption money People with desire to serve will only enter politics India will march towards its destiny!
Frequently Asked Questions? <ul><li>Is this agitation against democratic and constitutional norms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No. After the Committee’s Report the bill will take the normal course i.e. passage through Parliament, Rajya Sabha etc </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Is Anna’s fast a form of blackmail? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The country has waited 42 years for the Lokpal and all normal democratic methods have been tried. There was no other way to pressurise the government to draft a strong anti-corruption deterrent. Mahatma Gandhi used the same method against the British Rulers. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Is the movement supported by RSS or in favour of any political party? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The movement is of the people without fear, favour or bias. The divide and rule policy of the government will not be able to succeed. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Will more and more people take recourse to fasting as a pressure tactic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The reason behind this movement’s success was the moral authority of its leaders, the right cause and the tremendous public support. There have been thousands of instances of people going on hunger strikes and not being able to impact government decisions </li></ul></ul>
What Next? India Can Wait No More… Build the movement till 15 th August 2011 and get ready for the next agitation 1 Public outreach with social, cultural, youth, unions, corporate, slums groups 3 Explain Jan Lokpal Bill and create supporters 4 Take up next issues beginning from Electoral Reforms, decentralization of power, judicial reforms etc 5 Cleanse the political system, so that good people can go into politics and succeed 6 Anna Hazare and others to tour entire country for the next 2 months 2