Anna Hazare ends his fast
Nksagar-Sagar-media-Inc:Anna ended his 12 day long fast at Ramlila Maidan a short while ago where he was offered juice by a group of children.This followed adoption of a resolution by both the houses of Parliament on Saturday agreeing in principle with Anna Hazare’s three key demands.Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh wrote a letter to him conveying the same and urged him to end his fast and wished him good health.After receiving the letter, Anna Hazare announced that he would break his fast on Sunday morning.Both houses of parliament adopted a resolution on the sense of house accepting key demands of Anna Hazare on citizen charter, lower bureaucracy to be under the ambit of lokpal and establishment of state lokayuktas and power of lokpal to penalise grievance redressal mechanism violators. Poor way to end:With scarce water supply at rally ground many visitors dehydrated were seen being fainted:Pranab Mukherjee beginning his speech appealed to Anna Hazare to end his fast.Pranab Mukherjee said that government all through has followed established procedures in introducing the Lokpal bill.
The three key demands of Mr Hazare are Appointment of Lokayukta in states, bringing lower bureaucracy in the ambit of the proposed Lokpal Bill and citizens’charter in all offices to make officials work in a time-bound manner.Leader of the Opposition Mrs. Sushma Swaraj advocated Prime Minister need-be-in the ambit of the Lokpal barring issues regarding national security and public order. She advocated for bringing in reforms in higher judiciary. She said BJP has already suggested the setting up of a National Judicial Commission for the purpose. Mrs Swaraj said that the anti-corruption wing of CBI must be brought under the purview of the Lokpal. Supporting all the three demands of Team Anna, Mrs Swaraj said common people are suffering due to corruption at lower level of bureaucracy. She said bringing this section of employees under its ambit will send a strong message. She also partially supported the demand of Team Anna on bringing the conduct of MPs under Lokpal. She made it clear that outside Parliament these members are like common citizens. This will ensure that their conduct outside the House is covered under Lokpal. On setting up of Lokayukts at state level, she said an enabling provision can be kept to allow state governments to set up these institutions with model bill of Lokpal in place. Mrs Swaraj said that the selection process for appointment of Lokpal should not be dominated by the government and proposed to have more members from outside. > Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh conveyed the sense of the two Houses of Parliament to Anna Hazare in a communication handed over to him by Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.
He said, Parliament has also agreed that proceedings of the two Houses be sent to the Standing Committee which will go into these while making its recommendations on the Lokpal Bill.
Winding up the debate in the Lok Sabha, the Leader of the House and Finance Minister Mr. Pranab Mukherjee said there is need for a change in the system to check corruption and government is doing so. He, however, said that one single law howsoever strong and empowered it may be, cannot completely eradicate corruption. Most of the members belonging to various political parties during the debate pledged support to these demands.
Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said in the Upper House that BJP finds considerable merit in Hazare's three demands, including covering entire bureaucracy and Citizens' Charter for public grievances under Lokpal and setting up Lokayuktas in states.
On a question posed by Pranab Mukherjee that whether a central legislation can dictate state bureaucracy, Jaitley said that state legislatures can pass the bill as enabling legislation while the Lokpal bill serves as the model to it.
On other contentious aspects like bringing Prime Minister under purview of Lokpal, Jaitley favoured it with the exceptions of certain areas like national security.
On inclusion of higher judiciary under Lokpal, Jaitley said there was need for a National Judicial Commission, because judges should not appoint judges.Jaitely found "greater merit" in having a Citizens' Charter for redressal of grievances of the common man.
CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury said he agreed 'in-principle' with the three issues raised by the team Anna but they will have to be implemented through constitutional procedures.
He said he wanted a new bill to be presented before Parliament which should be a "combination of best features of all the bills" including the Jan Lokpal Bill.
Participating in the debate, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj while pledging full support to the three demands of Team Anna, called for bringing Prime Minister in its ambit with the exception of national security and public order and also advocated to bring a separate legislation for setting up of National Judicial Accountability Commission. Mrs. Swaraj said that the appointment of the Lokpal should be handled by a panel which is not dominated by government.