Will the recently passed Lok Pal Bill end Corruption in India?
Well to start with let's understand what is corruption? In a layman's term, "Corruption is nothing but moral impurity which deviates from an ideal act".
The year 2011, saw the activist Anna Hazare starting movement for Lokpal bill in the national capital. Supported by IPS officer Kiran Bedi and IRS Officer Arvind Kejriwal, the movement actually was successful in awakening the youth of the nation.
The hunger strike and the demonstrations in the national capital has shaken the central government. After dillydallying for a year, both the houses of the Parliament passed the controversial Lokpal bill on December 18, 2013.
The new bill mandates the setting up of Lokayukta within a year with every state having freedom to determine the type and nature of the Lokayukta. Members of the Lokpal will consist of 8 members with 50 percent representation from judicial class. The selection committee will include Prime Minister, Lok Sabha Speaker, Leader of Opposition, Chief Justice and few others. The new bill also introduces formation of directorate of CBI giving the body no independence, as the Lokpal will have superintendence over CBI.
It is widely believed that the Lokpall bill may be ineffective in curbing corruption as it does not grant the country's top investigative agency a neutral tag.
Not making CBI independent is one of the weakest links of the Lokpal bill, which is widely believed will actually protect all the corrupt bureaucrats, and politicians.
Nonetheless, the Lokpal bill has been a milestone but with the problems considered it still lacks at the several front to tackle the stated objectives.
So the onus is on us, the privileged lot, to take a step and educate the people at the grass root level to shun corruption. They many a times sell their vote to underperforming political parties in lieu of cash/kind thus promoting corruption.
This is due to the lack of education which prompts people to take such steps as they are unaware of the impact of their skewed action.
So it is important that we formulate policies to educate people and be vigilant to check corruption at the grass root level. If done, only then we will be able to see the end of corruption in India.
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