Friday, December 28, 2012

Lokpal Bill

A bad year.

On 30 December, 2011, the Trinamool Congress forced the Congress-led UPA to stage a 'retreat' from the Rajya Sabha on the Lokpal Bill voting, which failed to reap any benefit for Mamata, both politically and for improving the state's fiscal situation.

But because of activism, corruption and corrupt practices are catching the attention of people at large and irregularities are being highlighted across the media. The demand for ‘Jan Lokpal Bill’ by the civil society, agitations by Anna Hazare, and revelations by Arvind Kejriwal and his team and other activities have revived the democracy in India. One can now hope for a better future.

Dharam Chand Kher said. “We need a Lokpal Bill that is stronger than the one proposed by Anna Hazare,” he said commenting on his decision to favour the resolution on the Lokpal passed by the People's Assembly. Clarifying his stand on development he explained, “We want development but with adequate rehabilitation. Our people are displaced for projects that are city oriented. We end up losing our land and get negligible compensation. Losing our land is not just a loss of livelihood but a matter of life.” He fiercely advocated an introduction of the Whistle Blowers’ Protection Bill.

IMO: Clearly Delhi have not even solved the 'Delhi killer buses' problem, but they now seem to be even allowing the rowdies to kill and torture on the buses. A decent Lokpal bill would be a start, at least. Mamata has to be partly to blame for the rapes, deaths and torture. With a Lokpal bill at least some action, not window dressing, might have been taken. Dikshit at least seems to have tried on the recent bus scandal.

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