Friday, April 8, 2011

Fwd: Another BIG Win after WC 2011 - Against Corruption - Be a part of this WIN! Read below...

JOIN US IN USHERING IN GOVERNANCE 2.0, WHOSE HALLMARK WILL BE ABSOLUTE TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABIITY

Dear All,

Today time has come that each one us take up the responsibility of whatever is happening around us.

We are responsible for what we are & what we are not, for what we thin, for what we don't think, for what we do & what we don't do.

Standing by the street, watching the old cry of "What can I do, the system is built this way.... Yeh sab aise hi chalta hai!" doesn't make you feel tired???

How many years are we going to be stuck in this well of concepts?

Had the Indian cricket team not asked this question to themselves, we wouldn't have won the cricket WC 2011. Thanks to them we broke this old concept of 28 years.

Let us ask this question once again...

After so many scams that India has seen, viz Bofors, Land Scams, Sugar Scams, Food scams... only some asked this question.

After the recent Common wealth scam many asked this question. After the Adarsh Scam, now hundreds rose and the icing on the cake for the 2G spectrum scam.

My Guru H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji, made a statement a few years ago where he said that India will be free of corruption by 2015. On this a young person like me very eagerly asked him a question in a public gathering of millions

"With the current sprouting of scams, where is your vision of a corruption free India by 2015"

Guruji replied "You know when a building collapses as in a controlled demolition, the dust rises to its maximum as the building is about to collapse completely"

"Similarly when negativity is at its Peak, all scams (dust) will be seen the most... Don't be disheartened, but it is an indication that every negativity is about to collapse. So don't discard the self effort"

Now, what have done for these scams to end? Many things like pay a small bribe to the traffic policeman to break the signal, pay that small bribe for getting those railway tickets without standing in long queues... Yes so we helped corruption, in our own way!

What can we do now?

The best you can! Help again !!!

Just support a Mahatma...

A mahatma announces fast unto death
Anna Hazare has given an ultimatum to the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to enact stringent anti-corruption law – the peoples "Jan Lokpal Bill"! Jail to the corrupt must become a reality! We have been betrayed by those that are leading us!

When & Where?

From 5th April at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi and hundreds of cities in India and Abroad

Who is Anna Hazare?

A soldier, lone survivor in his unit in 1965 Indo-Pak war, Anna dedicated his life to the well-being of society. A bachelor, an ascetic, he has no possessions, no bank balance and lives in a temple. He is a living Mahatma Gandhi!

In Maharashtra, Anna has single handedly transformed barren and dry regions into green and food surplus areas. He has fasted unto death on several earlier occasions. He forced the Maharashtra government to dismiss the corrupt - 6 ministers and 400 officers. Due to his fast, the govt enacted the Maharashtra RTI Act. In 2006, when government of India tried to amend the Central RTI Act, he again went on an indefinite fast and forced the Indian government not to amend RTI Act.

Leaders, organizations and the common man from across India will be with him. This is a do or die moment – let us make it happen!

Across India, join Swami Ramdev, Sri Sri Ravishankar, Swami Agnivesh, Arch Bishop Vincent Concessao, Mahmood A Madani, Kiran Bedi, J M Lyngdoh, Shanti Bhushan, Prashant Bhushan, Arvind Kejriwal, Mufti Shamoom Qasmi, Mallika Sarabhai, Arun Bhatia, Sunita Godara, All India Bank Employees Federation, PAN IIT Alumni Association, Common Cause and many other prominent organizations and leaders, as India comes out on the streets! 100+ CITIES WILL RALLY BEHIND ANNA!

This is a defining moment for India that can give our children a better future! Let us unite and stand by him! Thousands will be there to support him. Will you be there? Confirm your participation here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=197559453604800 or here http://aidindia.org/main/component/option,com_facileforms/Itemid,466/

 

Anna's appeal to the people:

 

When I sit on fast from 5 April, I urge my fellow countrymen to

  • Join me in fasting for one, two, three or whatever number of days you can comfortably fast.
  • Along with fast, please pray to God (whoever you believe in) for better and corruption free India. Collective prayers from all the people of India would definitely have a huge impact.
  • Write an impassioned plea to our Prime Minister that we look upon him to pass "Jan Lokpal Bill", else we will be compelled not to vote for his party in next elections.
  • Remain calm and peaceful and develop the courage to go to jail, if required, in this next freedom movement.

If possible, come and stay with Anna at Jantar Mantar for a few days from April 5th.



Drafted by Justice Santosh Hegde, Prashant Bhushan and Arvind Kejriwal, this Bill has been refined on the basis of feedback received from public on website and after series of public consultations. It has also been vetted by and is supported by Shanti Bhushan, J M Lyngdoh, Kiran Bedi, Anna Hazare etc. It was sent to the PM and all CMs on 1st December. However, there is no response.

Salient features of Jan Lokpal Bill


1.       An institution called LOKPAL at the centre and LOKAYUKTA in each state will be set up

2.       Like Supreme Court and Election Commission, they will be completely independent of the governments. No minister or bureaucrat will be able to influence their investigations.

3.       Cases against corrupt people will not linger on for years anymore: Investigations in any case will have to be completed in one year. Trial should be completed in next one year so that the corrupt politician, officer or judge is sent to jail within two years.

4.       The loss that a corrupt person caused to the government will be recovered at the time of conviction.

5.       How will it help a common citizen: If any work of any citizen is not done in prescribed time in any government office, Lokpal will impose financial penalty on guilty officers, which will be given as compensation to the complainant.

6.       So, you could approach Lokpal if your ration card or passport or voter card is not being made or if police is not registering your case or any other work is not being done in prescribed time. Lokpal will have to get it done in a month's time. You could also report any case of corruption to Lokpal like ration being siphoned off, poor quality roads been constructed or panchayat funds being siphoned off. Lokpal will have to complete its investigations in a year, trial will be over in next one year and the guilty will go to jail within two years.

7.       But won't the government appoint corrupt and weak people as Lokpal members? That won't be possible because its members will be selected by judges, citizens and constitutional authorities and not by politicians, through a completely transparent and participatory process.

8.       What if some officer in Lokpal becomes corrupt? The entire functioning of Lokpal/ Lokayukta will be completely transparent. Any complaint against any officer of Lokpal shall be investigated and the officer dismissed within two months.

9.      What will happen to existing anti-corruption agencies? CVC, departmental vigilance and anti-corruption branch of CBI will be merged into Lokpal. Lokpal will have complete powers and machinery to independently investigate and prosecute any officer, judge or politician.

10.   It will be the duty of the Lokpal to provide protection to those who are being victimized for raising their voice against corruption.  

How Jan Lokpal Bill will improve existing anti-corruption systems?

Existing System

System Proposed by civil society

No politician or senior officer ever goes to jail despite huge evidence because Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) and CBI directly come under the government. Before starting investigation or initiating prosecution in any case, they have to take permission from the same bosses, against whom the case has to be investigated.

Lokpal at centre and Lokayukta at state level will be independent bodies. ACB and CBI will be merged into these bodies. They will have power to initiate investigations and prosecution against any officer or politician without needing anyone's permission. Investigation should be completed within 1 year and trial to get over in next 1 year. Within two years, the corrupt should go to jail.

No corrupt officer is dismissed from the job because Central Vigilance Commission, which is supposed to dismiss corrupt officers, is only an advisory body. Whenever it advises government to dismiss any senior corrupt officer, its advice is never implemented.

Lokpal and Lokayukta will have complete powers to order dismissal of a corrupt officer. CVC and all departmental vigilance will be merged into Lokpal and state vigilance will be merged into Lokayukta.

No action is taken against corrupt judges because permission is required from the Chief Justice of India to even register an FIR against corrupt judges.

Lokpal & Lokayukta shall have powers to investigate and prosecute any judge without needing anyone's permission.

Nowhere to go - People expose corruption but no action is taken on their complaints.

Lokpal & Lokayukta will have to enquire into and hear every complaint.

There is so much corruption within CBI and vigilance departments. Their functioning is so secret that it encourages corruption within these agencies. 

All investigations in Lokpal & Lokayukta shall be transparent. After completion of investigation, all case records shall be open to public.  Complaint against any staff of Lokpal & Lokayukta shall be enquired and punishment announced within two months.

Weak and corrupt people are appointed as heads of anti-corruption agencies.

Politicians will have absolutely no say in selections of Chairperson and members of Lokpal & Lokayukta. Selections will take place through a transparent and public participatory process.

Citizens face harassment in government offices. Sometimes they are forced to pay bribes. One can only complaint to senior officers. No action is taken on complaints because senior officers also get their cut.

Lokpal & Lokayukta will get public grievances resolved in time bound manner, impose a penalty of Rs 250 per day of delay to be deducted from the salary of guilty officer and award that amount as compensation to the aggrieved citizen.

Nothing in law to recover ill gotten wealth. A corrupt person can come out of jail and enjoy that money.

Loss caused to the government due to corruption will be recovered from all accused.

Small punishment for corruption- Punishment for corruption is minimum 6 months and maximum 7 years.

Enhanced punishment - The punishment would be minimum 5 years and maximum of life imprisonment.

(This movement is neither affiliated nor aligned to any political party)


Please give 1 miss call on 022-61550789 (call automatically gets cut) to support ANNA HAZARE for his 'FAST' against corruption. if the number comes busy please do not lose hope n keep trying.


Also, we as Ambassadors of the Art Of Living Foundation under the guidance of H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji have started a sign up campaign to support Anna Hazareji and this country.

Be a part of the solution now, it is never too late.

I am personally taking down the names of people who are interested in signing the petition.

If you support the noble cause and want to be part of this victory just reply to this email with your full name, Mobile Number and Email id.

As I mentioned earlier, we have been helping since time immemorial, but today we help with an intention to do good for the country. 

Spread this message...

"This Country has been swinging between Slums and Scams. We have to take responsibility today, that now India sees the Prosperity that it is destined to" - Sri Sri

Thanks & Regards,

In Service of Love :)

Varun Rishi Uniyal | 9823400013


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