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Lokpal Bill will complement RTI Act: Anna

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, May 21 � The Jan Lokpal Bill will complement the Right To Information Act in the best way and would give a logical and deserved treatment to scamsters involved in grafting public money.

Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare stated this at a press conference here today.

�Through the use of RTI Act, a series of scams have been unearthed, be it the 2G Spectrum anomalies or the Commonwealth Games scam but not before certain sections resorted to dilly-dallying. Some of the accused could not even be sent to jail. The Jan Lokpal Bill would ensure that the corrupt are brought to book within a stipulated time and the public money they had siphoned off is retrieved,� the 72-year-old Gandhian stated.

�I do not say that the Bill will pave the way for a 100 per cent corruption-free society but it, I am sure, would ensure at least 65 per cent to 70 per cent desired effect and the country would be placed much better than what it is now,� said Hazare.

�There would certainly be more things to do even after the Lokpal Bill is passed and we would have to do it. I would press for the Bill till my last breath,� stated Hazare, who after addressing the public meeting yesterday, had discussions with the intellectuals and senior journalists based in Guwahati.

Anna also expressed his solidarity with the anti big-dams campaign stating that such moves would have adverse effects on the people of the region compared to the benefits.

RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal, while narrating the highlights of the discussions, informed that some of the suggestions given during the discussions would find place as provisions in the Bill, which is being framed.

�The suggestions were to include a provision under which a MLA, MP or a minister could be stripped of his post as an when the charges against him are proved. Moreover, policing of the activities of the multi-national companies was also pressed upon and provisions were demanded to blacklist the companies found to be indulging in anti-people activities,� Kejriwal stated.

He also divulged that the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity has also been entrusted with the responsibility to shortlist the prospective names of Lokayukta in the State, who will function parallely to the Lokpal Bill at the Centre.

�Certain vested-interest circles are against a stringent Bill but there cannot be any second thought about it. It would be a tough bill and that is when the culprits can be shown their right places,� Kejriwal pointed out.

The press conference was preceded by meeting with senior journalists of Assam.

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Lokpal Bill will complement RTI Act: Anna

GUWAHATI, May 21 � The Jan Lokpal Bill will complement the Right To Information Act in the best way and would give a logical and deserved treatment to scamsters involved in grafting public money.

Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare stated this at a press conference here today.

�Through the use of RTI Act, a series of scams have been unearthed, be it the 2G Spectrum anomalies or the Commonwealth Games scam but not before certain sections resorted to dilly-dallying. Some of the accused could not even be sent to jail. The Jan Lokpal Bill would ensure that the corrupt are brought to book within a stipulated time and the public money they had siphoned off is retrieved,� the 72-year-old Gandhian stated.

�I do not say that the Bill will pave the way for a 100 per cent corruption-free society but it, I am sure, would ensure at least 65 per cent to 70 per cent desired effect and the country would be placed much better than what it is now,� said Hazare.

�There would certainly be more things to do even after the Lokpal Bill is passed and we would have to do it. I would press for the Bill till my last breath,� stated Hazare, who after addressing the public meeting yesterday, had discussions with the intellectuals and senior journalists based in Guwahati.

Anna also expressed his solidarity with the anti big-dams campaign stating that such moves would have adverse effects on the people of the region compared to the benefits.

RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal, while narrating the highlights of the discussions, informed that some of the suggestions given during the discussions would find place as provisions in the Bill, which is being framed.

�The suggestions were to include a provision under which a MLA, MP or a minister could be stripped of his post as an when the charges against him are proved. Moreover, policing of the activities of the multi-national companies was also pressed upon and provisions were demanded to blacklist the companies found to be indulging in anti-people activities,� Kejriwal stated.

He also divulged that the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity has also been entrusted with the responsibility to shortlist the prospective names of Lokayukta in the State, who will function parallely to the Lokpal Bill at the Centre.

�Certain vested-interest circles are against a stringent Bill but there cannot be any second thought about it. It would be a tough bill and that is when the culprits can be shown their right places,� Kejriwal pointed out.

The press conference was preceded by meeting with senior journalists of Assam.