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Preparedness for Natural Disasters

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Preparedness for Natural Disasters
         
In order to strengthen the existing disaster management system, the Disaster Management Act, 2005 was enacted and notified on December 26, 2005. The Act provides for institutional mechanisms for drawing up and monitoring the implementation of the disaster management plans, ensuring measures by various wings of Government for prevention, mitigating and minimize effects of calamities and for undertaking a holistic, coordinated, and prompt response to any calamity situation in the country.

As per the Act, the Central Government has constituted the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) with the responsibility for laying down the policies, plans, and guidelines for disaster managements. Similarly State Disaster Management Authorities (SDMAs) and District Disaster Management Authorities (DDMAs) have been constituted at the State and District Level.

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Ganesh Chaturthi Greetings

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"On the joyous occasion of  Ganesh Chaturthi, (the birth of Lord Ganesha)  I convey to all veterans my greetings and good wishes."


 Lord Ganesha is invoked before commencing any auspicious work. Ganesh Chaturthi reminds us of the importance of imbibing the sublime and eternal values in our lives.


May this auspicious day inspire us to follow the path of duty and selfless service in our striving for peace and harmony, unity and progress in our society".

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Ramadan Mubarak

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Ramadan Kareem orkut scraps, images, greetings cards







May this Ramadan bring you the utmost in peace & prosperity.
May lights triumph over darkness.May peace transcend the earth.
May the spirit of lite illuminate the world.
(Ramadan Mubarak)




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Retired army officers to conduct exams in Haryana State - Teacher Eligibility Test

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To check impersonation and external interference during state-level teacher eligibility test, the Haryana School Education Board, Bhiwani. has decided to appoint retired army officers for the purpose.
The Board has decided to appoint retired army personnel of the level of Junior Commissioned Officers for the smooth conduct of the Haryana State Teacher Eligibility Test which is scheduled to be held on September 24 and 25, an official spokesman said today.
The retired army officers would be deputed at all examination centres for checking cases of impersonation and external interference during the examination, he said.
The officers deputed at the examination centres would be given Rs 500 per day as an honorarium, the spokesman said.

Source : Indian Express News


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Army as an instrument of national power

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Army as an instrument of national powerCol B.N. Bhatia (Retd)
EVERYONE knows the Army’s challenge in countering insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir for over two decades has been enormous. Expansive mountainous terrain favouring the insurgents, an aggrieved population easily swayed by propaganda and an extensive Line of Control (LoC) facilitating infiltration gave Pakistan the ideal “playing field” to up the ante. To bleed India and fatigue its security forces has been Pakistan’s objective.

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Anna ends fast, expands agenda

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Anna ends fast, expands agendaRight to reject, recall parliamentarians Gandhian’s next priorityShaurya Karanbir Gurung
Tribune News Service
Anna Hazare fans celebrate at the India Gate on Sunday evening.
SUPPORTERS REJOICE: Anna Hazare fans celebrate at the India Gate on Sunday evening.
New Delhi, August 28
The unparalleled 13-day agitation ended today with Anna Hazare breaking his fast to a cheering crowd of thousands of supporters at Ramlila Grounds, but not without a stern warning to start yet another movement, this time for electoral reforms.
Two eight-year-old girls, one a Muslim called Ikrah and another a Dalit called Simran, offered Anna a glassful of coconut water mixed with honey amidst waving of the Tricolour and rendering of a devotional song by singer Nitin.
A rejuvenated Anna immediately announced his next plan of action saying his fight for change would continue. “I will not rest till it happens. We now have to bring about electoral reforms and strive for the “right to recall” and “right to reject” MPs. There also needs to be a change in the education system, which has been commercialised. Poor children must be given education,” he added.
“The right to recall will be used against those who are elected and the right to reject, present as a column in the ballot paper, will give the voter a choice to say if he approves of the selected candidates,” the Gandhian said.
Addressing the vast populace gathered there, Anna said, “One thing is clear the people’s parliament is greater than Parliament in Delhi. The public in Delhi has always been stronger. Let this movement be an example to the world,” he said.
He declared his intent to change the society. “This movement has given me the belief that corruption can be eradicated and we can now implement the legislation and the Constitution made by Dr BR Ambedkar.
Notwithstanding the general skepticism expressed by MPs yesterday about his movement, Anna expressed his gratitude to them attributing his success to them. “It would have been impossible without them. We thank the political parties for passing the resolution in Parliament yesterday,” he said.
The Gandhian predicted that the Jan Lokpal Bill would be passed soon, but asked his supporters not to rest yet “because the fight for change has just started”. “If the three demands are rejected, the public must stand up to fight again,” he asserted.
Prashant Bhushan also expressed a similar hope saying, “The people will have to watch the events that will unfold in the coming days. We hope that the government will complete its job within a month. If the Lokpal Bill is implemented, it will convey the establishment of a proper democracy in the country where people’s choices are heard.”
Hazare ended his address to his supporters saying whoever was wearing “I am Anna” cap should follow his five principles. “Shudh vichar (pure thoughts), nishkalank jeevan (untarnished reputation), apman sehni ki shakti (the power to bear insults), shudh aacharan (pure conduct) and tyaag (renunciation).” The crowd enthusiastically nodded in approval as he mentioned each principle, raising his imitable slogan of “Bharat Mata ki jai” before he left.
From there he drove off to Medanta - The Medicity, a hospital in Gurgaon, to stay under observation for next two-three days. 

What ‘I am Anna’ cap entails
Hazare said “I am Anna” cap wearers should abide by five principles: 
Shudh vichar (pure thoughts); 
Nishkalank jeevan (untarnished reputation); 
Apman sehni ki shakti (power to bear insults); 
Shudh aacharan (pure conduct); Tyaag (renunciation)


Source : Tribune News


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War on Corruption- Strategic Impact

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Dear All,
I am appending below an advance copy of an article titled "War on Corruption - Strategic Impact" that has been sent to a magazine for publication. It is too long to be published in a newspaper, for which a shorter version has been sent, but has not yet been published. If you have the time, do peruse it.
Regards.
Vijay Oberoi

WAR ON CORRUPTION- STRATEGIC IMPACT
By Lt Gen Vijay Oberoi and Ashish Puntambekar


Introduction
Corruption is undoubtedly the hottest subject in India today. The credit for bringing it in focus must naturally go to Anna Hazare and the team that had the brilliance of making him the leader of the movement. Today, Anna is drawing crowds because the populace is fed up of mounting corruption in all fields of official and private interaction in our country. While a strong Lokpal Bill will help in prosecuting many corrupt leaders and officials, it is just one action that will rid the country of massive corruption. It will undoubtedly help, but much more effort would be needed at many levels. Besides enactment of the Lok Pal Bill, the government will have to carry out a major exercise on simplification of rules and procedures in all ministries and departments, especially relating to permissions/sanctions and to prepare clear and precise guidelines relating to business activity. In army parlance, corruption is being currently tackled at the tactical level. For much higher dividends, we need to upgrade it to the strategic level and fight a war against corruption, consisting of many battles. Besides benefits at the individual levels, India would reap major strategic gains by eradicating corruption or at least bringing it down substantially.

Corruption Status
Corruption in our country has now reached every nook and cranny of our daily living. It is not just the political leaders; senior bureaucrats; judiciary; and the hierarchy of the police; that are manifestly corrupt, but most if not all government servants, at all levels are as corrupt to a lesser or greater degree. Similarly, the corrupt include revenue officials; lower judiciary including their subordinates; the rank and file of the police, besides the hierarchy; and railway officials at every level. While the Lokpal Bill focuses on the big fish, the huge shoals of smaller fish in every walk of life, amounting to nearly 95%, will also need to be tackled simultaneously. The Media debate has not highlighted this, though it is included in the Jan Lokpal bill
We must also not forget the private sector. Here too corruption prevails at all levels, from corporate houses to the fields of education, medical practice, law, chartered accountancy and especially the entire entertainment industry. Even the media has its share of corruption. It manifests itself as biased news, paid news, suppressing of facts; manipulating statistics and facts and even actively working for influencing decisions of the government, as it was clear from the Radia Tapes episode.

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PM's Letter to Anna Hazare

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The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, has written to Shri Anna Hazare, informing him of the resolution adopted by both Houses of Parliament today. For the full text of the letter is as given above. (Release ID :75159)

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Anna to break 12-day fast on Sunday 10 am ON 28 Aug 2011

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Anna to break 12-day fast on Sunday 10 am



New Delhi, August 27 : After 12 days of fasting that ignited unprecedented protests across India, a triumphant Anna Hazare declared Saturday night that he will end his protest at 10 a.m. Sunday after parliament took the first step towards framing a strong anti-corruption legislation.
The announcement that electrified the thousands at the Ramlila ground here came after Hazare was given a letter from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that said that parliament had accepted the three key demands raised by the social reformer from Maharashtra.
These included — for a strong Lokpal — the setting up of Lokayuktas in states, bringing the lower bureaucracy within the Lokpal’s ambit, and the framing of citizen’s charters in all government departments.
This followed an eight-hour animated debate during a special session of parliament convened in view of the 74-year-old’s fast and failing health.
His health condition only fuelled more protests in major cities and towns, virtually bringing the government to its knees and stunning the political class.
On a day of highs and lows Saturday, parliamentarians packed both houses to dissect an issue that had held the nation in thrall since Hazare began his protest Aug 16 after he was detained by Delhi Police.
“Parliament has spoken. It is the will of the people,” a smiling Manmohan Singh said after the debate ended at 8 p.m.
As the news reached Ramlila Maidan, where Hazare has been fasting amid tens of thousands of people, thanksgiving prayers were conducted for the successful conduct of a movement that has seen few parallels in 64 years of India’s history as an independent nation.
But even as he called for celebrations, the weak but triumphant Hazare warned that only half the battle had been won in the war for a corruption- free India.
“We have won only half the battle,” said Hazare, standing before wildly cheering crowds and flanked by his key aides and cabinet minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, a former Maharashtra chief minister who delivered him the prime minister’s letter.
Looking none the worse for his ordeal, Hazare paid tribute to the common people for making the government bend to its demands and said he would end his fast at 10 a.m. Sunday.
The soldier-turned-activist had vowed to end his protest only if a parliament decision accommodated the three issues – having Lokayuktas in every state, citizen’s charters for government departments and inclusion of lower bureaucracy in the Lokpal’s ambit.
Oscillating between hope and despair, the fluid situation seemed headed towards some solution when Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee expressed in the Lok Sabha “a broad sense of the house” that includes an in-principle acceptance of the three demands.
There was neither any resolution nor a voice vote, just desk-thumping by members drawn from all parties. The scenes were replayed in the Rajya Sabha a short while later.
The government and the opposition showed rare unanimity on parliament’s prerogative to make laws, with everyone agreeing on the need for a strong Lokpal (ombudsman) and eradicating corruption.
Law Minister Salman Khurshid gave full marks to Hazare: “A new chapter has been written in Indian history. I congratulate Anna Hazare.”
Hazare confidant Arvind Kejriwal added: “It is a huge victory. It is the beginning of a process.”
Amid thumping of desks from MPs, Mukherjee made it clear that the outcome of the proceedings would be submitted to the Parliamentary Standing Committee examining the Lokpal bill. The committee would bring a revised legislation before the house, he said.
Just a while earlier, it had seemed that Saturday too would end without a solution. Hazare’s aides had only a few hours earlier accused the Manmohan Singh government of reneging on its pledge to move a resolution on the Lokpal bill in parliament.
Mukherjee, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushma Swaraj and cabinet minister Deshmukh were then involved in the last ditch effort to break the logjam, ultimately leading to the uananimity in parliament.

Read: Prime Minister’s August 27, 2011 letter to Anna Hazare


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ANNA HAZARE FIGHTING FOR CURRUPTION - VIDEO

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ANNA HAZARE FIGHTING FOR  CURRUPTION 


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Foundation Stone for Petrapole ICP Laid

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The Union Home Minister, Shri P. Chidambaram unveiled the foundation stone for the construction of an Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Petrapole in West Bengal today in the presence of the Chief Minister of West Bengal, MsMamata Banerjee and other dignitaries.  

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Finance Minister’s Statement in the Lok Sabha 27 August 2011 on Lok pal

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Finance Minister’s Statement in the Lok Sabha 27 August 2011

Madam Speaker,

I rise to make a statement on issues relating to Lokpal on which a vigorous debate has been going on both inside and outside the Parliament.

2.         At the outset, I will like to, once again, request Shri Anna Hazare to end his fast in view of the appeal made by the Prime Minister in his statement and the sentiments expressed by the Hon’ble Leader of the Opposition, and by the Hon’ble Speaker of this August House on 25th August 2011.


Madam Speaker,

3.         I seek your indulgence to recount the sequence of events which has brought us to where we are today.

4.         On 5th April 2011, Shri Anna Hazare went on an indefinite fast. Correspondence with the representatives of Sh Anna Hazare and the Govt. representatives took place.  On 8th April 2011, Government constituted a Joint Drafting Committee (JDC) consisting of five nominees of Shri Anna Hazare including himself and five nominee Ministers of Government to prepare a draft of the Lokpal Bill. Shri Hazare ended his fast on 9th April 2011.

5.         The JDC met nine times during April-June 2011. In the first meeting of JDC on 16th April 2011, preliminary discussions were held to draft the legislation for the Lokpal. During the second meeting of the Committee, 40 Basic Principles and the Statement of Objects and Reasons were circulated by Shri Hazare’s team which formed the basis of discussions in subsequent meetings of the Committee. There were extensive deliberations on the ‘basic principles’ wherein the scope and vision of the proposed Lokpal were discussed. Out of 40 Basic Principles, we have agreed on 26.  Editorial changes were required in case of 7 Principles.  On remaining 7 Principles, we agreed for further discussion. There was some divergence of views between the representatives of the Government and the representatives of the Civil Society on the vision and scope of the Lokpal. The six major areas of divergent views were:

1)      Should one single Act be provided for both the Lokpal in the Centre and Lokayukt in the State? Would the State Governments be willing to accept a draft provision for the Lokayukt on the same lines as that of the Lokpal?
2)      Should the Prime Minister be brought within the purview of the Lokpal? If the answer is in the affirmative, should there be a qualified inclusion?
3)      Should judges of the Supreme Court/High Court be brought within the purview of the Lokpal?
4)      Should the conduct of Members of Parliament inside Parliament (speaking and  voting in the House) be brought within the purview of the Lokpal? (Presently such actions are covered under Article 105(2) of the Constitution).
5)      Whether articles 311 and 320 (3)(c) of the Constitution notwithstanding members of a civil service of the Union or an all India service or a civil service of a State or a person holding a civil post under the Union or State, be subject to enquiry and disciplinary action including dismissal/removal by the Lokpal/Lokayukta, as the case may be.
6)      What should be the definition of the Lokpal, and should it itself exercise quasi-judicial powers also or delegate these powers to its subordinate officers?

6.         On 31st May 2011, I wrote to the Presidents of various political parties and the Chief Ministers of States soliciting their views on the six contentious issues. Responses were received from 25 Chief Ministers and six Party Presidents/Leaders. I would like to quote extract from some of the replies that we received.  They are in public domain available as these letters are available on website of Department of Personnel & Training (DoP&T).

·         BJP President, Shri Nitin Gadkari, in his letter dated 2nd June 2011 stated and I quote“Expecting political parties to give their views to a drafting committee comprising of Civil Society representatives for acceptance or otherwise would be upsetting the constitutional propriety where parties, parliamentarians and the Parliament have the last word. They are the decision makers and not suggestion givers….” 
·         Shri A.B. Bardhan, General Secretary, CPI stated that “as a political party, they will most certainly state their views and suggestions during the discussion on the Bill within the Parliament.”
·         Ms. Mayavati, BSP President, expressed her inability to respond to the issues raised as no BSP representative had been included in the discussion of the JDC. She also stated that in parliamentary democracy, the Bill has to be examined by the Parliament and the Standing Committee where detailed discussions are held.
·         Prof. Ram Gopal Yadav, National General Secretary, Samajwadi Party, in his letter stated that Government was holding a direct discussion with the so called representatives of the Civil Society in the JDC. On the other hand the leaders of the political parties have been sent a questionnaire. This was not acceptable to the Samajwadi Party and hence they will not send any reply.

7.         The JDC concluded its deliberations on 21st June 2011 and both sides exchanged their drafts for the Lokpal Bill. Both these drafts were forwarded to the Government for further action.

8.         To solicit the views of various political parties, an all party meeting was convened on 3rd July 2011. During the discussions, the representatives of various political parties emphasized that: 

·         The supremacy of the Constitution of India has to be maintained. Institutions of democracy cannot be undermined and the checks and balances visualized in the Constitution cannot be adversely affected.

·         Laws have to be made by the Parliamentarians who are elected representatives of the country. Few nominated members of the Drafting Committee cannot have precedence over elected members of the Parliament.

9.         On the conclusion of this meeting, it was unanimously resolved that “Government should bring before the next session of Parliament a strong and effective Lokpal Bill, following the established procedures”.

10.       This meeting was followed by a round of informal consultations with some leaders of the political parties and some of the suggestions received from these leaders were incorporated in the draft Lokpal Bill.

11.       In pursuance of the directions of the All Party Meeting, the Government worked on the draft Lokpal Bill prepared by the Joint Drafting Committee and after following the formal process of inter-ministerial consultations and Cabinet approval, the Bill was introduced in Parliament on 4th August 2011.

12.       Even before the Bill could be introduced in the Parliament, Shri Anna Hazare’s representatives restarted the agitation by burning copies of the draft Lokpal Bill. Shri Hazare also declared that if the Jan Lokpal Bill is not passed by the Parliament by 15th August 2011, he would proceed on indefinite fast with effect from 16th August 2011.

13.       The Prime Minister through his Independence Day address on 15th August, again implored Shri Hazare to abstain from the fast. However, this appeal was ignored.

14.       On 16th August 2011, Shri Anna Hazare has again proceeded on fast. In view of his deteriorating health and Government’s increasing concern for Annaji’s condition, Prime Minister wrote a letter to him on 23rd August 2011, making a fervent appeal for ending the fast.
15.       To carry the negotiations forward, the Prime Minister directed me and Shri Salman Khursheed to hold discussions with the representatives of Shri Anna Hazare. A meeting was held on 23rd August 2011 and it was clarified to Shri Anna Hazare’s representatives that:

·         Lokpal Bill is now before the Standing Committee. All options are open before the Standing Committee to consider not only the Bill introduced by the Government but the Jan Lokpal Bill as well as other versions sent by eminent members of Civil Society.

·         In deference to the wish expressed by Annaji, the Government is prepared to request the Speaker Lok Sabha to formally refer the Jan Lokpal Bill to the Standing Committee for their consideration along with everything else.

·         About time and speed, the Government can formally request the Standing Committee to try, subject to its discretion, fast tracking their deliberations to the extent feasible.
·         I explained to Annaji’s representatives that Lokpal Bill alone cannot root out corruption. We need multi-layered laws to deal with corruption at various levels. In addition to the Lokpal Bill, we are willing to strengthen the Judicial Accountability Bill and the Whistle Blowers Bill. We are also working on a Grievance Redressal Bill to tackle corruption at local level.  Inputs of Shri Anna Hazare and his associates will also be taken into consideration.

16.       I again asked Annaji’s representatives to convey our earnest request to him to end the fast and give us the space to proceed in the matter.

17.       At this stage Annaji’s representatives made the following demands, and I exactly quote, without any editorial comments:
“If the Government can agree to introduce Jan Lokpal Bill (after removing those items on which we have differences) after cleaning by the Law Ministry within four days and also provide a commitment that the Bill will not be referred to the Standing Committee and will be discussed and passed (with minor amendments adopted by Parliament) during this session of the Parliament (even if it is extended), we can then hopefully persuade Annaji to stop this fast.
(Above to be a written commitment with timelines).”

18.       About these issues Annaji’s representatives also insisted upon the inclusion of following substantive issues be part of the Jan Lokpal bill:
·         Public Grievances and Citizen Charter;
·         Lok Ayukta; and
·         Lower bureaucracy.

19.       At the conclusion of the meeting, Annaji’s representatives were informed that the matter will be discussed with the Prime Minister. The meeting ended at 10.15 PM in the evening.  I informed them that it may not be possible for me to take a final call on the issues raised by them and need to consult the Prime Minister on these issues.  The Prime Minister was kind enough and called CCPA Meeting at 11.00 PM.  I was entrusted to communicate the decisions of CCPA to the representatives of Shri Anna Hazare. Thereafter, All Party meeting was scheduled at 3.30 PM next day and I briefed the All Party meeting about all these developments. 

20.       At the conclusion of All Party Meeting held on 24th August 2011, the following unanimous resolution was passed:
“This meeting of all political parties in Parliament requests Shri Anna Hazare to end his fast. The meeting was also of the view that due consideration should be given to the Jan Lokpal Bill so that the Final Draft of the Lokpal bill provides for a strong and effective Lokpal which is supported by a broad national consensus.”

21.       In a late evening meeting held with Annaji’s representatives on 24th August 2011, I conveyed the inability of the Government to accept the conditions put forward by them on 23rd August 2011.

22.       The Prime Minister made a statement in this House on 25th August 2011 reiterating our Government’s commitment to the passage of a strong Lokpal Bill. Prime Minister also stated that he would welcome the Members of this House to discuss the Lokpal Bill before the Standing Committee, the Jan Lokpal Bill as well as other draft Bills and views of members of Civil Society which have been brought to the attention of the Government. I believe that the entire House is committed to the eradication of corruption at all levels.

23.       Our Government is committed, therefore, to bring appropriate legislation as well as put in place mechanisms that will reduce discretion and bring transparency in the functioning of public offices as well as take strong measures against those who indulge in corruption. Apart from other issues, the three issues that we need to discuss are:


i)          Whether the jurisdiction of the Lokpal should cover all employees of the Central Government?

ii)         Whether it will be applicable through the institution of the Lok Ayukt in all States?
           
iii)        Whether the Lokpal should have the power to punish all those who violate the ‘grievance redressal mechanism’ to be put in place?

24.       The specific issues raised by Shri Anna Hazare are important. They deserve our serious consideration. In case a consensus emerges at the end of the discussions, the Standing Committee will, in the course of their deliberations, take into account their practicability, implementability and constitutionality. We have to keep in mind for everything that we do, must be consistent with the principles enshrined within our Constitutional framework.

25.       I believe that the Government has amply demonstrated that it is sensitive to the common man’s concern about corruption. It has also requested Shri Anna Hazare Ji to give up his fast by assuring him that all issues raised by him will be duly discussed by the Standing Committee when finalizing the Lokpal Bill. We want to end agitation. We have taken oath to abide by the Constitution.  So whatever we do has to be within the Constitution.  We are at crossroad.  It is a rare occasion that proceedings of this House is attracting the attention of entire nation and outside world.  I would request the Members to have a dispassionate and objective discussion to find out the solution of the problem without compromising Parliamentary Democracy.

26.       I am sure that Members of this House will seize this moment and demonstrate the commitment of the House in dealing with corruption which is gnawing at the vitals of our polity.

*****
DSM

(Release ID :75158)

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Jan Lokpal Bill VS Govt. Lokpal Bill

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The Jan Lokpal Bill (Hindi: जन लोकपाल विधेयक) (also referred to as the citizens' ombudsman bill) is a proposed anti-corruption law in India. It is designed to effectively deter corruption, redress grievances and protect whistle-blowers. If passed and made into law, the bill seeks to create an ombudsman called the Lokpal (translation: protector of the people) - an independent body similar to the Election Commission of India with the power to investigate politicians and bureaucrats without prior government permission.
 First introduced in 1969, the bill has failed to become law for nearly over four decades.
In 2011, Gandhian rights activist Anna Hazare started a Satyagraha movement by commencing a fast unto death in New Delhi to demand the passing of the bill. The movement attracted attention in the media, and thousands of supporters. Following Hazare's four day hunger strike, the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stated that the bill would be re-introduced in the 2011 monsoon session of the Parliament.
Attempts to draft a compromise bill, merging the Government's version and that of the civil group's version (Jan Lokpal), by a committee of five Cabinet Ministers and five social activists failed. The Indian government introduced its own version of the bill in the parliament, which the activists consider to be too weak.


The government's Lok Pal Bill be replaced by the Jan Lok Pal Bill (JLP) as drafted by the team led by Anna Hazare.
 There are several significant differences between the two bills. In this note,....Please click for Jan Lokpal Bill VS Govt. Lokpal Bill


 Source: India against corruption.org

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My greets to all on Janamashtami

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My greets to all  on Janamashtami


My best wishes to all on the auspicious occasion of Janamashtami.

 The festival of Janamashtami celebrates teachings of Lord Krishna – discipline, knowledge and selfless action – which are timeless.

May the festival inspire us towards a work ethic based on right conduct and bring success and prosperity to all.


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Complaints Regarding Public Grievances and Pensions

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Complaints Regarding Public Grievances and Pensions

The Government has received certain complaints regarding public grievances and pensions cases from various StatesThese mainly comprise complaints against civil servants, service related grievances, issues relating to delay / non-payment of pension, issues relating to law and order, unemployment, financial assistance, property / land disputes and civic facilities etc.
After scrutiny of the complaints, these are forwarded to the State Governments concerned under intimation to the complainants for immediate redressal of the grievances. 
The responsibility for disposal of such grievances rests with the State Governments concerned.
The details of total complaints regarding public grievances and pensions cases received by the Government during the last three years till date (31.07.2011), State-wise and year-wise, are as under:


2008
2009
2010
2011 as on 31.7.2011
Andaman & Nicobar
18
23
30
19
Andhra Pradesh
508
924
1277
920
 Arunachal Pradesh
1
15
24
17
Assam
47
83
104
109
 Bihar
98
279
297
324
Chattisgarh
40
70
123
80
 Goa
25
51
54
65
Gujarat
223
492
507
542
 Haryana
345
760
719
581
Himachal Pradesh
26
85
87
105
Jammu & Kashmir
45
103
170
137
Jharkhand
57
189
188
174
Karnataka
815
1415
778
658
Kerala
138
265
274
291
Madhya Pradesh
170
387
500
453
Maharashtra
1149
2754
2003
1533
Manipur
5
10
22
12
 Meghalaya
4
7
26
16
Mizoram
6
3
11
1
Nagaland
2
4
14
9
 Delhi
733
1579
1572
1341
Orissa
78
202
221
267
 Puducherry
20
59
89
45
Punjab
115
348
486
475
Rajasthan
152
380
572
583
Sikkim
2
15
14
11
Tamil Nadu
702
1796
1646
2945
Tripura
1
14
28
13
Union Territory of Chandigarh
28
64
72
69
 Union Territory of Dadar& Nagar Haveli
0
11
10
5
Union Territory of Daman & Diu
3
6
18
3
Union Territory of Lakshadweep
2
5
14
2
Uttar Pradesh
632
1614
1572
1466
Uttarakhand
62
198
203
203
West Bengal
227
677
712
733
TOTAL
6479
14887
14437
14207
GRAND TOTAL
50010




This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Shri V.Narayanasamy in written reply to question in the Lok Sabha on 17 Aug 2011.

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