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April 1, 2012

India’s Lokpal (Corruption Ombudsman) Bill and Scare Mongering

Filed under: Democracy,India — Geekay @ 1:30 pm
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Ever since this bill was proposed and fought for by the civil society in India to curb corruption, vested interests are playing game of scare mongering. Scare mongers are saying that civil society is undermining democracy by erecting a parallel govt though this proposed bill. Mr Markandey Katzu, the retired judge who is now the chairman of press council of India, thinks that the proposed Lokpal body suggested by the civil society members could turn into a ‘Frankenstein monster’ and even double or triple corruption in the country than it currently has. It certainly paints everything unworkable. However, Mr Kumar Vishwas who is a very popular poet and civil society activist thinks totally otherwise. Here, he brushes aside the approach of Mr Katzu in this video – Kumar Viswas refutes Katju’s claim over Lokpal. But does Mr Kumar Vishwas not gloss over some valid points also raised by Mr Katzu.? It is indeed not right that this new proposed body of Lokpall will increase corruption but there is no doubt that there are problems galore on the way after the Lokpal Bill is passed. I think Kumar Vishwas along with civil society should pay heed to what Katzu is hinting at about implementation issues. Nobody knows how much genuine bribery free or honest workforce is there in the India but suppose it is only 5% of the govt machinery . In such scenario, how many cases does one can expect for investigation if the bill is implemented universally. While the law that Anna’s Team is seeking is urgently needed and must be passed without delay but it should not be implemented universally immediately after as it will bring the whole country to halt if no govt person under investigation can take any action and become suspended . Imagine good part of 95% workforce say 5 to 10% of workforce being suspended or unable to do any work at all. Some departments will have none left to work. If the bosses come under cloud and gets investigated then nothing will move in that department. So, the implementation issues can not become clear by merely passing this bill. Therefore, it should be judged first on trial basis in very selected areas around the country . The lessons from such trials should then be learnt . It can become model to assess the new funding requirement for implementation and projection of the new staffing requirement and it should also guide on the changes required in other related legislations etc to help Lokpal function properly. This will allow then to judge if this law will prove effective in curbing corruption or not. All the cases that come up for investigation will definitely need a lot of funding as  CBI personnel strength  will have to go up substantially. Also as after investigation the cases move to the Courts, and because the Indian courts are already full,  it will also mean setting up of new set of courts and that will mean again require recruitment of the court staff. Not only it is a going to be a new financial burden on state at  a massive scale but it will also guarantee that the country ‘s new focus stays on corruption alone and nothing else which can not be acceptable for a big country like India where there are multitude of issues. So, universal implementation goes out of the window. But since we are just looking for the first glimmer of hope of corruption free India, then I guess the passing of Lokpal legislation is definitely needed without delay.



  1. I have got 1 suggestion for your blog site. It looks like right now there are a handful of cascading stylesheet troubles when launching a number of web pages within google chrome as well as firefox. It is operating fine in internet explorer. Possibly you can double check that.

    Comment by click here — June 7, 2012 @ 1:22 pm | Reply

    • I use Google Chrome and all posts look OK in it. I have checked in explorer too. I have not checked it in Firefox yet which I may do.

      Comment by Geekay — June 25, 2012 @ 10:08 am | Reply

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