Will government’s Lokpal Bill reduce corruption?

Jan 16 • General • 2083 Views • 8 Comments on Will government’s Lokpal Bill reduce corruption?

The Lokpal Bill is unlikely to be the silver bullet to end corruption. It could, however, become a powerful weapon to aid the common man’s battle against the scourge of our times. These were the conclusions of an INDIA TODAY round table on August 29 in Delhi. The eminent panel comprised a sociologist, legal luminaries, a former bureaucrat and social activists besides core members of Team Anna. They sat down to discuss the issue just 48 hours after Anna Hazare called off his fast. There was, surprisingly, no unanimity on the bill. Team Anna believes the Jan Lokpal is the need of the hour and can be set up by hiving off existing corruption-fighting agencies like the CBI.

Social activists believe that the Lokpal could lead to the creation of another gigantic bureaucracy, accountable to none. In the words of a panelist, everybody was united in concern over corruption but divided on how to tackle it. It was the perceived dissonance among the three pillars of governance: legislative, judiciary and executive that fuelled a nationwide mass movement coalescing into the anger at Ramlila Maidan. The perception that these pillars had failed to deliver led to the chorus for an independent watchdog. But clearly it will take a massive reform of these institutions if the Lokpal is to become truly effective in the form it is envisaged. Otherwise, as a panelist put it, the act could end up becoming a Delhi flyover: merely shifting its problems from one traffic signal to the next.

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8 Responses to Will government’s Lokpal Bill reduce corruption?

  1. Gourav Kumar says:

    Lokpal bill will not be effective until it is strictly implemented and kept untouched by any influential person. After implement, it can be the power to common people to show the exit door to corrupted people but its 100% effectiveness will be based on the panel of its committee. So the debate remains unsolved that it would reduce corruption or not?

  2. Ritika says:

    Nothing can be said about the effectiveness of Lokpal Bill, until it gets implemented!

  3. Ankita Prajapati says:

    It is right that this bill is not much effective in our present scenario…

  4. sakshi chaudhary says:

    Lokpall bill will defiantly introduce some of the welcomed changes in the system in order to root out the problem of corruption…this is the solution to the which is made in the favor of the citizen of the country…so i think lokpall bill should be passed …

  5. Saurabh Singh says:

    Lokpal Bill is a step made to slow down rate of Corruption bt need of hour is to implement it time to time and people should come forward to raise voice against corruption..

  6. Pallavi sinha says:

    Lokpal bill is yet to be implemented in India. There are already so many rules in India to reduce corruption but it still exist. After implementation of this bill it’s depends upon peoples n country how they follow it n corruption wil reduced or not in nation.

  7. Siddhant Tripathi says:

    People need to understand the concept and whole sole concept of the Lokpal Bill and its proper implementation.. without which no one can say that its good/bad!
    Corruption will go away only if people become sane in their traits and behavior.

  8. Akash Gupta says:

    Yes, i think lokpall bill cannot remove corruption but can reduce it to great extend , as it gives a authority to normal person to ask about any review in any department and the officers will be appointed, i think lokpall bill should be passed

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