Lok Satta

Monday, 16 December 2013 12:40

Lok Satta team thanks ANNA for LokPal Bill, urges him to call off fast and lead battle for CITIZEN'S CHARTER

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(Ralegan Siddhi, 16/12/2013)

A three-member delegation of the Lok Satta Party called on social activist Anna Hazare here today to enquire after his health and to urge him to call off his hunger strike.
National general secretary Surendra Srivastava and Maharashtra unit president Dr Kedar Diwan thanked Hazare for displaying a statesmanlike approach in accepting the version of the Lokpal Bill currently under consideration in the Rajya Sabha.
Rajeev Pai, head of the LSP state media cell, said the current version of the bill, though not perfect, had at least 80% of the provisions of the original draft produced by the LSP and also addresses most of Hazare's concerns.
He said both the ruling party and the Opposition at the Centre had assured LSP founder president and reformer-politician Jayaprakash Narayan that the bill would be passed in the current session of Parliament.
Mr Srivastava said the bill will bring into existence a strong, independent and effective institution to combat corruption among politicians and civil servants in the Union Government and Parliament but not at the state and local levels, which is where the real corruption which affects the common man takes place. All those committed to fighting corruption should mount struggles for creation of Lokayuktas in States and Lokadhikaris in cities and districts, he said.
Dr Diwan said Hazare should now take the lead in pushing for the long-pending Citizen's Charter which incorporates provisions for service guarantee and imposition of penalty for failure to deliver services to ordinary citizens. The Service Guarantee Bill, which the Lok Satta Party has drafted at the instance of the Parliamentary Committee, should be enacted into law soon as part of the mission to combat corruption, he said.