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Law cannot curb corruption: Gogoi

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GUWAHATI, Aug 26 � The Jan Lokpal Bill proposed by Anna Hazare and his team cannot bring an end to corruption in the country. Mere law cannot root out corruption. The country already has a piece of anti-corruption law. To root out corruption the moral character of the people should be changed.

This is the statement made by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at a press conference here today. He also made an appeal Anna Hazare, who is on an eleven-day fast now in support of his demand for enacting the Jan Lokpal Bill, to end his fast and allow the impasse over the issue to be resolved through dialogue.

�Our stress is on bringing a change in the system. Computerization and e-governance are also the options to check corruption to a great extent. We are giving thoughts to check bribery by fixing the time limits for getting things done in the offices. Computerization has also been taken recourse to for enhancing the entire process,� he said.

The Chief Minister also informed that the State Government is waiting till the Lokpal Bill is passed by the country�s Parliament. It will then bring in amendments to the Lokayukta Bill with a view to including also the Chief Minister under the jurisdiction of the Lokayukta.

Commenting on the Jan Lokpal Bill, he said that the Lokpal should not be burdened much. Or else, the Lok Pal institution will also become ineffective. The Lokpal cannot be the investigator and the judge at the same time.

Asserting that he had no difference with Anna Hazare�s fight against corruption, he said that the problem should be solved through dialogues. In democracy, flexibility should be there. Dogmatism has no place in democracy.

Anna wants the Jan Lokpal Bill to be passed. But according to the democratic system of the country, the Parliament is to pass the Bill in a democratic manner. Only through the democratic process of give and take, the impasse over the issue could be resolved, the Chief Minister said.

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Law cannot curb corruption: Gogoi

GUWAHATI, Aug 26 � The Jan Lokpal Bill proposed by Anna Hazare and his team cannot bring an end to corruption in the country. Mere law cannot root out corruption. The country already has a piece of anti-corruption law. To root out corruption the moral character of the people should be changed.

This is the statement made by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at a press conference here today. He also made an appeal Anna Hazare, who is on an eleven-day fast now in support of his demand for enacting the Jan Lokpal Bill, to end his fast and allow the impasse over the issue to be resolved through dialogue.

�Our stress is on bringing a change in the system. Computerization and e-governance are also the options to check corruption to a great extent. We are giving thoughts to check bribery by fixing the time limits for getting things done in the offices. Computerization has also been taken recourse to for enhancing the entire process,� he said.

The Chief Minister also informed that the State Government is waiting till the Lokpal Bill is passed by the country�s Parliament. It will then bring in amendments to the Lokayukta Bill with a view to including also the Chief Minister under the jurisdiction of the Lokayukta.

Commenting on the Jan Lokpal Bill, he said that the Lokpal should not be burdened much. Or else, the Lok Pal institution will also become ineffective. The Lokpal cannot be the investigator and the judge at the same time.

Asserting that he had no difference with Anna Hazare�s fight against corruption, he said that the problem should be solved through dialogues. In democracy, flexibility should be there. Dogmatism has no place in democracy.

Anna wants the Jan Lokpal Bill to be passed. But according to the democratic system of the country, the Parliament is to pass the Bill in a democratic manner. Only through the democratic process of give and take, the impasse over the issue could be resolved, the Chief Minister said.

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