Anna and the bill

After  a lil research these are the major differences in the bill and the anna’s wish list bill. however defiant the two parties might be on their stand might be fact is that the two drafts are essentially similar. While the anna version wants everything and everyone to be under cover esp the PM office, the govt version has a more reserved idea of the same. but fact is neither any possible PM to be nor any former PM are beyond the preview and hence pre or post the actual crowning anyone can be checked for corruption. Same is true for parliamentarians, however the conduct during the session need no preview- why? cause its telecasted LIVE! other differences aer largly based on the fact that government does not want every tom, dick and harry(yes yes the ‘aam adami’) to file a complaint about every damn thing(yes aam admi does that ask ppl about the rubbish RTI applications) where as Team Anna wants that everything shd be done and within a time frame and with a system that super sonic in speed and credibility. Some matter like the arbitrary selection of judges etc can be sorted by streamlining  the process instead of demanding an inquiry into each judge’s collection of law books etc. Anyway here are the broad difference in the two versions…

On Prime Minister’s Office

Govt: Complete exemption of PM
Team Anna: PM is included

On MPs in Parliament

Govt: Include MPs but exclude their conduct in Parliament (their powers to speak and vote)
Team Anna: MPs’ conduct in Parliament should be included

On Judiciary

Govt: Exempt judiciary; to include it in judicial accountability bill
Team Anna: Include higher judiciary within the Lokpal

On Lower bureaucracy

Govt: Included only group `A’ officials (officials of the rank of deputy secretary and above)
Team Anna: Wants all government employees included

On Merger with CBI and CVC

Govt: Wants to keep them separate, only a 11-member agency
Team Anna: Wants CBI and CVC merged with the Lokpal

On Selection

Govt: Wants to set up a selection committee including PM, leaders of both Houses of Parliament, leaders of Opposition of both Houses, Speaker, cabinet secretariat, two SC judges
Team Anna: Proposes setting up of a search committee of five judges that would shortlist names to be sent to the selection committee. The selection committee would include two SC judges, two HC judges, PM, home minister, CEC and CAG

On Removal

Govt: Only government can move a petition to the court to remove the Lokpal
Team Anna: Any citizen can move the court

On Lokayuktas in states

Govt: State governments opposed to Lokayuktas so only one agency will function at the Centre
Team Anna: Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in states should function, also district officials

On Grievance redressal

Govt: Disciplinary action will be taken if deadlines on citizens’ charter are not met
Team Anna: Monetary fines should be levied for violating deadlines on citizens’ charter

On Inquiry process

Govt: Accused should get a hearing before the Lokpal registers a FIR
Team Anna: Court should hear the accused after the case has been filed

On Power

Govt: Only high level corruption will be looked at
Team Anna: All corruption should be tackled.

Now i like the anna(utopian) version , there is no fault in it except its belief that corruption is a quantifiable (complaiantable) thing and forget that basic matters of life, death, food, housing, education, water etc dont need earth shattering corruption exposures but better policies and more than that effective implementation. a famous quote says  “you are the average of the five people you are closest to” that makes most of us equally corrupt, while one may demand bribes, the other may bunk classes, not be devoted to duty, litter, lie, or prolong a social agitation buy using media hype instead of negotiating for public welfare.


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