Impact of Lokpal Bill

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What
 are
 Lokpal
 and
 Lokayukta?
  Why
 are
 Lokpal
 and
 Lokayukta
 needed?
  How
 will
 Lokpal
 and
 Lokayukta
 be
 different
 from
 the
 prevalent
 system
 of
  fighting
 corruption?
 
We
 propose
 that
 there
 should
 be
 established
 a
 ‘Lokpal’
 at
 the
 central
 level
 and
 ‘Lakayukta’
 at
 the
  state
 level,
 both
 of
 which
 will
 address
 the
 inadequacies
 of
 the
 current
 anti-­‐corruption
 systems
 and
  have
 the
 power
 and
 independence
 to
 investigate
 and
 prosecute
 cases
 of
 corruption.
 
  To
 be
 established
 through
 the
 enactment
 of
 central
 and
 state-­‐level
 laws,
 Lokpal
 and
 Lokayukta
 will
  work
 on
 behalf
 of
 the
 citizens
 of
 India
 to
 protect
 their
 interests
 from
 abuse
 of
 public
 office
 at
 the
  level
 of
 the
 central
 and
 state
 governments,
 respectively.
  These
 ‘people’s
 commissions’
 will
 be
 independent
 of
 the
 government
 in
 a
 manner
 that
 politicians
  and
 bureaucrats
 are
 not
 able
 to
 interfere
 in
 their
 functioning.
 They
 will
 be
 accountable
 to
 the
  citizens
 through
 transparency
 in
 their
 selection
 and
 functioning.
 Lokpal
 and
 Lokayukta
 will
 also
 be
  made
 accountable
 to
 the
 citizens
 by
 giving
 the
 latter
 the
 right
 to
 file
 complaints
 against
 the
 former
  at
 the
 Supreme
 Court
 and
 the
 High
 Court,
 respectively.
  Lokpal
 and
 Lokayukta
 will
 protect
 citizens
 who
 show
 the
 courage
 to
 bring
 to
 the
 notice
 of
 the
  authorities
 any
 instance
 of
 abuse
 of
 public
 office.
 The
 people’s
 commissions
 will
 also
 deal
 with
  certain
 kinds
 of
 grievances
 reported
 by
 the
 citizens
 in
 respect
 of
 any
 service
 or
 office
 of
 the
 central
  and
 state
 governments
 and
 provide
 them
 redress.
 
  The
 establishment
 of
 Lokpal
 and
 Lokayukta
 will
 do
 away
 with
 multiplicity
 of
 anti-­‐corruption
  agencies;
 each
 of
 these
 people’s
 commissions
 will
 have
 10
 members
 and
 one
 chairperson.
 


 

 

FUNCTIONING
 OF
 LOKPAL
 

CURRENT
 SYSTEM
  Ordinary
 citizens
 complaining
 against
  corruption
 have
 little
 trust
 in
 the
  prevailing
 anti-­‐corruption
 systems
  because
 they
 believe
 they
 will
 not
 be
  listened
 to
 or
 nothing
 will
 come
 out
 of
  the
 registration
 of
 their
 complaints.
  In
 the
 prevailing
 systems,
 there
 is
 no
  time
 limit
 within
 which
 a
 complaint
  against
 corruption
 is
 to
 be
 investigated.
  Often,
 the
 anti-­‐corruption
 agencies
 just
  close
 a
 case
 without
 informing
 the
  complainant.
 The
 investigation
 into
  corruption
 may
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