Indian Citizens demand implementation of the Jan Lokpal Bill sign now

June 25 2011
To: Prime Minister's Office, India
Dr. Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister of India
7 Race Course Road, New Delhi
(Through the Indian Consul General, Various Locations)

Copy To: The Honorable President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil
Copy To: Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Smt. Sushma Swaraj
Copy To: All Honorable Members of Parliament

Subject: Indian Citizens demanding implementation of Jan Lokpal Bill

Dear Dr. Singh, Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Smt. Pratibha Patil and All Honorable Members of Parliament

Please consider this as the voice of all Indians living in India and abroad, concerned about corruption and eager to see India rid itself of the scourge of corruption. I am sure you are aware of the tremendous groundswell in India and in the Indian Community abroad in support of the India Against Corruption movement led by the great Gandhian Anna Hazare demanding a Bill/Law that would create an independent body that has the powers to investigate and prosecute corrupt individuals and retrieve funds that have been lost as a result of corruption. People across India and around the world are rallying to this cause and arranging gatherings, protests, petitions in support of this great cause "India Against Corruption".
This shows the extent of pent up anger against corruption at a national/local level and the collective voice of Indians is asking the government to wake up and enact a strong anti-corruption legislation. If India is to shine on the world stage and compete with developed nations, we have to rid our country of the scourge of corruption.
In response to this democratic movement which is of the people, by the people and for the people, a segment of the government has responded by pretending to collaborate with civil society in formulating a bill, but in reality has adopted a treacherous approach to cement corruption into the fabric of our great society.
It has formulated an insidious bill (namely the Government Lokpal Bill) that does not take any civil society demands into account and it actually makes it harder for the common man to raise his/her voice against the corrupt and fight for the truth. The bill actually has the following incredulous clauses that defy logic:
1. If an individual files a complaint against a corrupt government servant, before the investigations actually start, the government servant can file a cross complaint against the citizen straight to the special court, without any preliminary enquiry by any agency, that the complaint is false or frivolous. The government will provide free advocate to the government servant to file this case. The citizen will have to defend himself on his own! Why would the common man attempt to file a complaint if hes going to be embroiled in a court case that he has to pay for?
2. Restricts the Lokpal to 11 individuals without any supporting structure, thereby ensuring that it cannot scale and perform effectively.
3. Does not include any State level provisions for fighting corruption.
4. Provides no whistleblower protection making it hard for the common man to step forward without fearing consequences.
These and many more such provisions that actually make it harder to fight corruption and will give free reign to the corrupt to continue with their ways.
Is this the democracy we envisioned when India got independence from the British, where the will of the masses is suppressed for the benefit of the corrupt elite? Did we vote our politicians to power so that they can hoard wealth and neglect the very people who they are supposed to serve?
We are supporting Anna Hazare and the leaders of the India Against Corruption movement in their demand to get the Jan Lokpal bill considered and implemented by the government. We will not rest until the government realizes that this is a national outcry for good governance that needs a new kind of thinking. As Albert Einstein once said We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. We demand that the government take this opportunity to serve the nation and enact a true Jan LokPal bill that will actually create the tools to fight corruption.
We will support Annas fast unto death starting August 16th across the nation if the government does not hear the demands of the nation.

Yours sincerely,
Indians

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