Recently, Delhi assembly has passed Jan Lokapal bill which aims to prevent corruption and redress citizens’grievances. In recent times elections have been fought on the issue of Jan Lokapal. In the past, civil activist Anna Hazare started a campaign demanding the passage of the Jan Lokpal bill.
Current chief minister of Delhi, Mr. Arvind Kejrirwal had also resigned over this issue. So the moot question is, is Jan Lokapal really so important and will it really be able to curb corruption or it is just a hype being created by some politicians and media persons. Let’s find out the rational side.
Yes of course Jan lokpal is the effective tool to curb corruption.
1-It will have members of clean images- Of course members of Jan lokpal will be of clean image. They will be appointed in a transparent manner. The members will be chosen among bureaucrats, private citizens and constitutional authorities.
The selection committee will also video tape the shortlisted candidates and this will be made public. So, we can say that the selection process won’t provide any chance for dishonest and corrupt to get into the system.
2-An Independent body- Of course Lokayukta which will be appointed under lokpal will be an independent body. It will be completely independent from the government and free of ministerial influence in investigations. So it can take swift and fearless action.
3- Timely Investigation: Now no long investigation procedure, which dragged into years. Jan Lokpal prescribes that investigation of cases must be completed within one year. It also says that the trialshould be concluded in the following year and the entire process should be ended within two years. According to lokpal rule, if it get’s further delayed the Lokayukta will work against this.
Also complaints against Lokpal officers will be investigated within a month and officer will be dismissed in two months if they found to be guilty.
4-Power to investigate influential- It will have the power to investigate officials like judges or political leaders without any fear and it will of course sent shock waves to corrupt and they will fear to indulge into corruption.
5-Protection of whistleblowers: Now the whistleblower will have enough legal protection so he can unravel dirty truth fearlessly. It will have a very positive impact over society.
But if we look at the other side of coin, then we must say that lokpal won’t solve the real purpose. Let’s find out why.
1-Skeptic role of CBI- Yup, it is still not clear that whether CBI will come under Lokpal or it will maintain its independent status. Loss of autonomy of the CBI is a big question overshadowing the Lokpal.
2- Fear of proper implementation- There are no dearth of law in this country, but all laws are not properly implemented and followed by the citizens. People usually pay bribes to evade the laws. Corruption exists because too many laws are not properly implemented.
So what’s the point to have one more law if previous laws are not properly implemented? People will find out flaws and simply con by paying bribe.
3-Burecrats and government officials-Lokapal won’t supervise these government officers. Many of them have serious corruption cases so how will you solve the real problem. Most of the bureaucrats are corrupted. You can’t tackle the real challenge of corruption without punishing them.
Finally, we can say that we have to work hard so lokpal will be properly implemented. Also, we need to have a proper discussion over flaws and need to find out effective solutions to tackle it. Government should put its best effort so lokpal will be properly implemented and it won’t just remain a simple law.