'Lok' means people, particularly we the people of India and 'pal' means caretaker of the people. Lokpall Bill is also known as Citizens Ombudsman Bill. It is now a law to curb increasing corruption in India. Let us glance through some of the features of Lokpal Bill:
Now days, each and every government office ask for bribe to get work done as if it is part of their incentive from the government. With the Lok pal provision, it is certain that now onwards every official will fear of dire consequences of being caught in corruption charges. The onus lies on the people who have to stand up and raise their voice against such persons and resist giving bribe to get their work done.
According to the survey conducted by STAR NEWS, 87% of 8900 respondents of the survey supported Lokpal Bill which shows that the general public has knowledge about Lokpal Bill. It means at least now people are ready to change the system in hope to have some relief from this environment of corruption.
We can imagine how many complaints will Lokpal and Lokayukta office will receive every day on the issue of corruption. We can also imagine an upright person can be a lokpal but it is hard to believe that the entire office of Lokpal and Lokayukta will also be upright.
With such a great power in their hands the lokpal and lokaykta office can even be corrupt. Daily pilling up of complaints and time bound redressal pressure will certainly be reflected on the staff. It may lead to backlog and eventually some staff may end up seeking money to pass the files.s
The question 'will the recently passed Lok Pal Bill end Corruption in India' is difficult to answer. It will be interesting to see whether Lokpal Bill will survive and do justice to the expectation of the people or it may remain a law on piece of paper.