Thursday, August 18, 2011

Jan Lokpal Bill

What is Jan Lokpal ?

Anna Hazare spearheaded a nationwide campaign to demand a strong anti-corruption law, Jan Lokpal. In today's India despite strong evidence, corrupt people are not punished and Money is never recovered which was looted. Jan Lokpal Bill if turns into a Law will ensure the corrupt are punished, the money will be recovered and will be time bound.

  • Jan Lokpal will be setup at central Govt Level and Jan Lokayukta at State Level

  • All cases logged with Jan Lokpal will need to be investigated within 6 months, incase shortage of staff the case can be closed within 1 year by getting more staff.

  • No case should take more than a year for investigation at any cost.

  • Judgment of the case should be heard and corrupt personal to be punished within next 1 year.

  • No case would go longer than 2 Years from the time the case gets filed to the final date of verdict

  • Each govt dept will have to make Citizen’s Charter

  • Charter specifies who does what job and in how much time. E.g Charter will tell X officer will make ration card in Y days

  • If Charter is not followed, then people can complain to the Head of that department who will be designated as the Public Grievance Officer

  • PGO will redress the complaint within 30 days maximum

  • If PGO doesn’t satisfy the complainant, then a complaint can be made to the Vigilance officer of Jan Lokpal and Jan Lokayukta.
How to ensure that there is no corruption within Jan Lokpal or Jan Lokayukta?

  • Selection process for the members and Chairperson of Jan Lokpal and Jan Lokayukta has been kept transparent and participatory

  • Names will be put up on a website and public feedback invited.

  • All the meetings of the Search Committee and Selection Committee shall be video recorded and will be made public.

  • No complaint can be rejected without giving a hearing to the complainant. If any case is closed like this, all records relating to it will be made public.

  • Jan Lokpal Will have to publish every month on its website:
    o Cases received and cases disposed
    o Cases closed, reasons for closure
    o List of cases pending

  • All records of all works will be open to the public, except some which Affect national security or Endanger the whistle blower.

  • The Chairperson and members of Lokpal and Lokayukta will not be eligible for appointment to any position in the govt or for contesting elections after they leave office

  • Complaints against Staff, enquiry of complaint within 1 month.

  • If the allegation proved, Jan Lokpal or Jan Lokayukt will dismiss him from job in the next 1 month & Criminal case will be registered under various sections of Indian Penal Code and Prevention of Corruption Act

For more details click on the links below.

Power Point Presentation on Jan Lokpal Bill

Detailed Analysis of Jan Lokpal in Simple terms (Long one)

Difference between Jan Lokpal and Gov Lokpal

Video of Jan Lokpal Bill (A summary of all of the above. 30 Min Video)