The Jan Lokpal Bill (Hindi: जन लोकपाल विधेयक) (also referred to as the citizens’ ombudsman bill) is a proposed anti-corruption law in India. It is designed to effectively deter corruption, redress grievances and protect whistle-blowers. If passed and made into law, the bill seeks to create an ombudsman called the Lokpal (translation: protector of the people) – an independent body similar to the Election Commission of India with the power to investigate politicians and bureaucrats without prior government permission. First introduced in 1969, the bill has failed to become law for nearly over four decades.
In 2011, Gandhian rights activist Anna Hazare started a Satyagraha movement by commencing a fast unto death in New Delhi to demand the passing of the bill. The movement attracted attention in the media, and thousands of supporters. Following Hazare’s four day hunger strike, the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stated that the bill would be re-introduced in the 2011 monsoon session of the Parliament.
Attempts to draft a compromise bill, merging the Government’s version and that of the civil group’s version (Jan Lokpal), by a committee of five Cabinet Ministers and five social activists failed. The Indian government introduced its own version of the bill in the parliament, which the activists consider to be too weak.
Here is a four part video which would clear most of your doubts on the Lokpal bill.
In this video Mr. Arvind Kejriwal addresses the students at IIT Chennai on the 31st of July about the Jan Lokpal Bill . He provides all the clarifications and the difference between the government’s LokPal bill and the Lokpal bill that was proposed by Anna Hazare.
Its a brilliant speech and should not be missed for anything. A must see video for all the true Indians…Share it so that we get maximum support for Anna Hazare.