Friday, August 19, 2011

బలమైన లోక్ పాల్ బిల్లులో ఉండాల్సిన అంశాలపై ప్రజల్లో అవగాహన పెంచాలి - సెప్టెంబర్ లో రెండో జాతీయ స్థాయి రౌండ్ టేబుల్ సమావేశం: జేపీ


  1. Dr JP says (paraphrasing) "Both versions of the bill disappoint the public aspirations for a corruption-free society." I believe this is a most incorrect characterization. And, being a long-time follower of Loksatta, I'm extremely disappointed to see this statement. To support his claim, Dr JP gives the example of provision for (state-level) Lokayuktas missing from both versions.

    Jan Lokpal bill has from the beginning considered Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 as the catch-all as far as jurisdiction goes. According to PCA 1988, local governments are very much part of the Jan Lokpal bill. So, the question then is how to structure the Lokpal organization. Team Anna have repeatedly said in recent times that Lokayuktas are part of the bill and Version 2.3 of Jan Lokpal bill lists it as something to be included. In contrast, the government's Lokpal bill covers not even 5% of central government employees let alone state governments. To say both bills are flawed is egregious.

    The comparative analysis on FDRI website, while a good attempt, seems biased in favor of the government bill and doesn't highlight the key differences between the bills. For example, in the government's bill Lokpal cannot take up cases suo motu and needs this abstract "memorandum of complaints". And more importantly it needs the "concurrence of the government" to acquire investigative help. And, no whistle blower protection. And, the government bill is setup to give the government control over majority of the Lokpal appointments. We don't want Lokpal to be a repeat of (toothless) CEC! The list of defects in the govt's bill goes on and on. As Arvind Kejriwal asks, WHO DOES IT COVER?

  2. I agree with the above comments and I am appalled at the kind of propaganda Dr JP is doing against Jan Lokpal. I have no objection if Dr JP has differences of opinions on certain provisions of Jan Lokpal, but to project Jan Lokpal bill in a way what it is not and then damn it is very cruel.

    If there is one thing that is an innate essence of Jan Lokpal, it is Jan Lokayukta formation in each state. And a person like JP clearly knows Jan Lokpal, yet spread wrong information on Jan Lokpal breaks my heart. In fact it leaves somany doubts in our hearts in his sincerity in this whole fight. To differ from Jan Lokpal views, there is no need to attribute wrong formulations to Jan Lokpal.