Historic support to Anna Hazare and Jan Lokpal Bill
Mounting pressure on India to enforce Jan Lokpal Bill
Seldom does one see thousands mobilized in over 200 cities across the country to check corruption. Anna Hazare, veteran social activist and Padmabhushan and Padmashree Awardee, is on a fast-unto-death since 5th April to demand a strong, loopholes-less and effective parliamentary Act (Jan Lokpal Bill) to check corruption in India. Since 42 years, the government of India is sitting like a lame duck on a weakened and diluted Lokpal Bill. But Anna Hazare’s growing support across the nation has sent the message clear: India wants a strong ‘Jan’ (people) Lokpal Bill – and civil society is making clear recommendations on how to achieve that from the already pending (but appallingly diluted) Lokpal Bill.
People want their say too as equal partners in drafting this anti-corruption Act. Anna Hazare is demanding a seat for civil society representatives which people will select themselves to work on this draft of anti-corruption bill with the parliamentarians.