"Thoda sa chai-paani ka bandobast karo, phir apka kaam ho jayega"
These are the sickening words the aam admi in India hears day in and day out, whether you want something simple like a birth certificate or you want your pension; whether you want to make an application for a business licence or you want to buy a plot of land. Chai means tea and paani means water, but here the meaning is: make a little 'arrangement' (bandobast) and your work will be done. In short, give a bribe.
Thanks to the anti-corruption campaign led by Anna Hazare, India rose as one and said "Enough is enough!"
Starting with Anna Hazare's hunger strike, the movement became a national one and the Govt. was, literally, brought to its knees. They had to finally concede to pushing forward the drafting of the Lokpal Bill.
As explained in the article on the Jan Lokpal Bill India draft features & anti-corruption movement, a central institution called the Lokpal will be set up along with a Lokayukta institution in every State. Both the Lokpal and the Lokayuktas will be independent institutions unconnected to the Government. They will thus be similar to independent institutions like the Election Commission of India and the Supreme Court of India, which has independent powers. Thus, nobody within the Govt. – not even a high-ranking Minister – can interfere in the workings of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas.
Here's a simple explanation of the functioning of the Lokpal Bill:
Once the Govt. of India Lokpal Bill comes into effect and the LokAyuktas are set up, all current agencies which have been established to combat corruption (such as the CBI's anti-corruption branch) will be merged with the Lokpal at the centre. This Lokpal will have absolute control and power to make independent investigations into corruption complaints put before it. The Lokpal will then, based on the investigations, prosecute the corrupt person, be it a politician, a Govt. official, a police officer or a judge. It is necessary for the investigation to be completed within a year in order to ensure that a trial against the corrupt person is begun and completed in the next year. This will further ensure that justice is meted out quickly and the corrupt person goes to jail for his corrupt activities. The punishment meted out to the corrupt person would range from a minimum of 5 years to the maximum of life imprisonment depending on the level of corruption.
Let's hope we in India never have to hear those dreaded words "chai-paani" ever again – except in their true real sense when a guest asks for refreshments!
Whether or not you have had to give chai-paani, see how you can join the anti-corruption movement: India against corruption.
|Author: Jayanta Datta Choudhury 13 Apr 2011||Member Level: Gold Points : 1|
|Hi Vandana madam,|
Excellent style of writing this article explaining details of Jan Lokpal Bill.
Everybody should read such article thoroughly to contribute their feelings for cleaner and corruption free Indian society.
|Author: Mahalakshmi T 13 Apr 2011||Member Level: Gold Points : 1|
|As days pass, corruption seems to be increasing in all spheres of our lives. Time has come for us to contribute our bit to make this country corrupt free. First of all, we must resolve not to do get things done by corrupt means. Lokpal bill is a step in the right direction at the right time.|