Current System Central Vigilance Central Bureau of Departmental Commission Investigation Vigilance (CVC) (CBI)Departmental Departmental Government Heads Vigilance
Lokpal BillNot passed in 42 years6 times in Parliament
The Jan Lokpal Bill A Strong Anti-Corruption BillDrafted 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 DelhiJoint statement of support by CPM, CPI, TDP, RLD, JD (S), JD (U) etc. BJP also supports the Lokpal Bill
Converted into Mass Movement• Kiran Bedi, Sri Sri Ravishankar, Swami Ramdev, Mohd Madani, Cardinal Gracius, ArchBishop Concessao, Swami Agnivesh, Syed Rizvi and many others join the movement• Rallies in 60 cities on 30th Jan 2011• Anna Hazare takes the lead• Declares his intent to go on fast unto death for joint drafting committee for Jan Lokpal Bill• PM meets on March 7, but says he has no time till 13th May and wants to form GoM for Lokpal (not Jan Lokpal Bill)• Anna continues with his decision to go on a fast on April 5
India’s Second Independence Begins! • Lakhs of People Entire country come on streetserupts in support • Thousands start indefinite fast Media shows the All right thinkinganger and support people come out in of the people support Government Forced to Accept
Joint Committee: Our MembersAnna Hazare: Shanti Bhushan: Arvind Kejriwal:Social worker ex-Law Minister Resigned from IRS and for social work SC lawyer Prashant Justice Santosh Bhushan: SC Hegde: Advocate and a K’taka Lok Ayukta Crusader
Joint Committee Formed Government accepts joint drafting committee for Jan Lokpal Bill All original people who had drafted have become the part of committeeOur members announce their assets, accounts India Against Corruption declares revenue & expenses on websiteDemand for videography for transparency Meetings begin amidst hope, next meeting on 2nd May
Jan Lokpal Bill: Salient Features - 1 Complaints of acts of omission or commission punishable under the Prevention of Corruption Act Misconduct by a government servantCovers Complaints against the staff of Lokpal Complaints from whistleblowers
Jan Lokpal Bill: Salient Features - 2 Independent BodyCan initiate investigations on direct complaints by citizens Autonomy similar to the Election Commission
Jan Lokpal Bill: Salient Features - 3 LOKPALDepartmental CVC CBI (Central Vigilance (Central Bureau of vigilance Commission) Investigation)
Jan Lokpal Bill: Salient Features - 4 JURIDICTION OVER Politicians Corruption including Government Cases of the Officers JudgesPrime Minister
Jan Lokpal Bill: Salient Features - 5 Time limit for investigation is between 6 months to 12months and trial within another 12 months. Within 18 to 24 months, corrupt people will start filling jail.Punishment not less than one years of rigorous imprisonment and may extend up to life imprisonment. Punishment will be more severe if the accused is of higher rank.
Jan Lokpal Bill: Salient Features - 6• 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).• 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.
Jan Lokpal Bill: Salient Features - 7The 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 publiclyaccessible under Right to Information Act, even at the stage of investigation or enquiry.Complaints against employee of Lokpal will be dealt ina months 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?• Is this agitation against democratic and constitutional norms o No. After the Committee’s Report the bill will take the normal course i.e. passage through Parliament, Rajya Sabha etc• Is Anna’s fast a form of blackmail? o 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.• Is the movement supported by RSS or in favour of any political party? o 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.• Will more and more people take recourse to fasting as a pressure tactic o 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
What Next? Build the movement till 15th August 2011 and get ready for the next1 agitation2 Anna Hazare and others to tour entire country for the next 2 months Public outreach with social, cultural, youth, unions,3 corporate, slums groups4 Explain Jan Lokpal Bill and create supporters Take up next issues beginning from Electoral Reforms,5 decentralization of power, judicial reforms etc Cleanse the political system, so that good people6 can go into politics and succeed India Can Wait No More…
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