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Thursday, June 30, 2011

JOIN Recovery from alcoholism program on 3rd of July, 2011


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Time: 4.30 PM– 8.30 PM

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Near metro station - Sector 12

Program: sharings on personal recovery from alcoholism
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NANDA SOOBBEN: A compilation of some of his cartoons



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NANDA SOOBBEN internationally acclaimed South African cartoonist has been plying his trade for the past twenty five years. His socio-political statements, cartoons and illustrations have been printed in newspapers such as The Post Newspaper, The Independent on Saturday, The Daily News and the Sunday Tribune. His cartoons are also syndicated to major international newspapers.

2009: Nanda Soobben won Vodacom Journalist of the Year in the KZN Cartoon Category with his cartoon on page 14.

His tertiary education was completed at the ML Sultan Technical College (DIT) where he graduated with a Diploma in Graphic Design. He then went on to study at the prestigious Parsons School of Design (Animation) in New York as well as serving an internship at the San Francisco School of Visual Art.

Since 1980 there have been thirteen exhibitions of Nanda Soobben's work in North and South America, India and South Africa. A significant exhibition was held in the 1980's during the apartheid regime, it was called "Cato Manor - People Were Living There!" It was about forced removals and the group areas act. Soobben has also given a talk at the World Affairs council in San Francisco titled, "My life as a Black Political Cartoonist in Apartheid South Africa".

ABC Television featured the mural painted by Nanda Soobben for the ECO 92' summit in the Bay of Rio, as well as the peace mural in New York. Nanda Soobben has received many prestigious awards. But it was the Tom Thumb art competition, which he won when he was nine years old that sparked his desire to explore his creative talent. In 1987 he was made an honorary life member of the Brazilian Academy of Fine Art. In 1999 he received the Nataraja Award from the Arupta Khazaghum.

As creative director of Coffee Machine Animation Studios, Nanda Soobben is currently working on a number of animation projects. An animation project called "Taxi" featuring stories and social messages set in a typical South African taxi is currently being pitched to television broadcasters. Soobben is also commissioned by the Department of Arts and Culture to create an animated movie of his historical editorial cartoons. When Durban film producer Anant Singh wanted to give Nelson Mandela a special gift for his 77th birthday, he approached Nanda Soobben for his cartoons. Soobben handed over a number of cartoons which depicted some of the more controversial times in Nelson Mandela's life. At the end of 2004 Soobben launched his long awaited book of cartoons called "Witness to a Decade". The book has become a sought after record of South Africa's first ten years of democracy. The book was also launched in Mumbhai, India in January 2005 at a conference of Indian Diaspora.

Much of his work is included in Public and Corporate Collections such as the Smithsonian Museum in Washington as well as the Killie Campbell Collection of UKZN. Presently Nanda Soobben is the founder and creative director the Centre for Fine Art, Animation and Design. Several of Soobben's cartoons are part of the "Artists in Exile Exhibition".

The Centre for Fine Art Animation and Design (CFAD) was founded in 1994 by Nanda Soobben, and through this tertairy institution many previously disadvantaged individuals have been equipped with skills to thrive in a high technology art and design work environment. Nanda Soobben's vision and impact on the art, design and animation fields in South Africa can only be judged by the great achievements of the many individuals who have come into contact him.

Jan-Lokpal vs Joke-pal

Dear friends across India,


The Congress party is breaking its promise to Anna Hazare to agree on a strong bill and proposing their own sarkari Joke-pal provisions which make the bill toothless. To get the Joke-pal passed, they're appealing to all the other political parties to stand with them in defending India's corrupt status quo -- holding an all-party meeting this Sunday.


The BJP and other parties have already spoken out strongly for parts of Jan Lokpal, now it's time for them to put words into action and prove to us that they share our desire to end corruption.

The parties all pay close attention to the faxes they receive from citizens -- let's flood them with faxes calling for Jan Lokpal, not the sarkari Joke-pal. Add your voice now by clicking the link below or editing in your own personal message -- our tool will fax the message to the leaders of the BJP, CPI, CPI(M), SP, TMC, JD(U), and the rest of the political parties:

Submit the message

Sunday is a crucial day for our Democracy -- a special all party meeting -- to set the terms of the historic Lokpal. For the government, the all party meeting is a chance to win allies for undercutting the Lokpal's most vital anti-corruption tools. But for us, this is a major opportunity to get the opposition to endorse the people’s version!

Corruption is a problem for virtually all the political parties, so there will be strong pressures in each of them to endorse the Joke-pal bill. But through massive citizen engagement we've forced the Congress party to at least include Jan Lokpal as an option -- now through the same pressure we can press the opposition parties to choose it.

Faxes are the best way to reach party leaders on this urgent timeline. Click below to use a simple online tool to edit your own message or to send a pre-drafted letter by fax to all 17 party leaders, and help build our numbers by forwarding this email to friends and family:

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Across the country, a movement against corruption has exploded, driving a media storm of pressure. Politicians have and will try every trick in the book to wriggle out of their promise to us and to Hazare. But every time they do we can come back even stronger -- showing that our will to fight corruption is stronger than their will to defend it.

With hope,
Ricken, Saloni, Ben, Shibayan, David and rest of Avaaz team.

Go and wish your doctor “Happy Doctor’s Day”



Dr KK Aggarwal
Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee
President, Heart Care Foundation of India


July 1 is Doctor’s Day. Call your doctor or your doctor friends and wish them a Happy Doctor’s Day.  Medicine is a noble profession. Among all professions, medicine is the only profession which can be regarded as next to God.
 “Doctors treat, but God heals” is a well-known saying. Doctors thus serve as the messengers of God. A doctor cannot refuse treatment. It is a doctor’s duty to attend to a patient in emergency regardless of caste, creed, race or the financial status of the person.
This principle has been very well-personified in our mythology too. Ramayana cites the story of Vaidya Sushen, who treated Lakshmana with the famed Sanjivani booti. He was called to see the unconscious Lakshmana during the war between Lord Rama and Ravana. Despite the fact that he was a royal physician in the kingdom of Ravana, Sushen made the decision of treating Lakshmana. This illustrates the ethical duties of a physician. Likewise, if a person sentenced to death by hanging falls ill, it is the duty of a physician to treat him until the day of his hanging.
 The concept of Family Physician or the General Practitioner of the olden times is fast vanishing in this age of super specialization. Every day new specialties are coming up. What was once the domain of a family physician has been now divided among different specialties. This has created a gap in communication between patient and doctor often leading to litigations. To avoid this, look for a Family Physician, who will be your guide in all health matters and also coordinate your care when specialists are involved.
Doctors too should respect the prefix ‘Dr.’ before their name
Very few professions have the privilege of prefixing an honor before their name and medical profession is one of them. We, as doctors, are allowed to prefix ‘Dr.’ before our names and we must respect this honor.
Diwan, Rai Bahadur, Rotaries, Lion, Justice etc. are other sets of prefixes given by the society to distinguished people. Even the Prime Minister of India, President of India, Member of Parliaments, MLAs, Councillors have no such privilege. Likewise, Padma Awardees too have no such privilege. They cannot write Padma Shri Dr. XYZ but can only write Padma Shri Awardee Dr. XYZ.
There is no law in India, which allows doctors to write prefix ‘Dr.’ before their names. It is a precedence which has been accepted and honored by the society. The prefixes Dr., Diwan, Rai Bahadur etc. distinguish the privileged persons from the rest of the population. These prefixes indicate that the main duty of these people is towards the welfare of the society. For example, people are aware as to whom to contact when in trouble. It can be any one with a ‘prefix’.
It is the Vedantic principle of “welfare of the society” which makes doctors special and different in the society. The day this aspect of welfare is lost, society may not accord us the same respect as they have been doing so till now.
The principles involved in acting towards the welfare of the society includes giving 10% of our time to charity; not charging any fee from those who cannot afford; charging less from the middle class and charging normal from people who can afford and where reimbursements are available. Probably, this is the reason that in every hospital even today we have multiple systems of patients and policies starting from Free Wards, General Wards, Concessional Semi Paying Wards and Fully Paid Wards. Many hospitals have even come out with another category of Deluxe where one can charge more from people where money is not a problem. It is the rich who has to pay for the poor in the welfare system.
Let us ( we the doctors) resolve on Doctor’s Day, July 1, 2011 to commit some portion of our time for the welfare of the society.


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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

RALLY FOR WHOM?!


Vijay K. Saluja
Ex Chief Engineer[civil]
New Delhi Municipal Council



Today, you incite for rally,
What will you do,
When we will have
Empty belly?

Today you say
Close the shops & schools,
What will we do, when all of us,
Turn into fools?

Today, boys are playing cricket
On empty roads,
What will they do, when these spaces
Will be choked with vehicles, of all modes?

Today, they are playing rummy,
And devouring food, which is yummy
But, how long will this bliss last,
When they keep on playing dummy?

Today, the police & the army
Is chasing the rallyists
In lanes & on roads
What will they do
When they spread their tentacles
And descend upon their homes?



Beware, it is not
yet too late.
Let the police protect
army defend
student study
babu work
and trader trade



Let every one pray & work
In the places
Of their choice
And all of us endorse it
In one loud voice



Our dear country is already so poor,
It can not afford
The luxury of
Acrimony, disunity & strife.



We all will have
To come together,
If we want
A better life.

RWAs Bhagidari Live Video conferencing with CM Smt. Shiela Dixit


Deputy Commissioner office kapashera में भागीदारी कि मीटिंग हुई जिसमे Deputy Commissioner Sh. D.P.Divedi, SDM Vasant Vihar Sh. Rajpal Singh, SDM Najafgarh Sh. Asish Mohan, Delhi Police से DCP S/W Samay Singh, ACP S/W Sh Zile Singh व लगभग सभी विभागों के अधिकारी मौजूद थे, सचिवालय में Hon'ble CM Smt. Shiela Dixit ji, Deputy CMO Sh Manoj Jain, Addl CMO Sh Kulanand Joshi, MLA Sh Satparkash Rana जी  आदि विधायक व मुख्य अधिकारी थे .

मुख्य मंत्री जी सभी RWA कि बैठक  को धयान से सुना और साथ ही साथ अधिकारियो को निर्देश दिया .

1. Naresh Lamba, President, Gram Vikas Association, Shahabad Mohd. Pur- गाँव के स्कूल में कामर्स शुरू करवाने कि एक साल से कोशिश की जा रही हैं लेकिन अधिकारीयों के नकारात्मक रविये के कारण फाइल पास नहीं हो रही.

2. Sh Yugul Kishore Divedi Fedral Welfare Association- DTC buses Palam Flyover के ऊपर से जाती हैं जिससे लोगो को confusion रहता ह कि बस निचे से पकडे या ऊपर से.

3. Sh Ratan Lal Koushik Bhagidari core Committe. आपने दो साल पहले फ्ल्योवर के निचे पार्किंग बनवाने के लिए कहा था लेकिन traffic police or DDA दोनों एक दुसरे पर टाल देते हैं. पालम कालोनी में दो बड़ी डैकती हो चुकी हैं और चेन स्नेचिंग हर रोज हो रही हैं.

4. Sh Mahender Singh Dagar- sec. Ujwa Village RWA- गाँव में खेल का मैदान बनना शुरू हुआ था लेकिन चारदीवारी के बाद एक साल से कोई काम नहीं हुआ.

५. Dhansa Vill- हरिजन बस्ती में पानी नहीं हैं जबकि पुरे गाँव में पानी हैं 

6. Narayana Vihar. - नारायण फ्ल्योवर के  नीचे  एक भी लाइट नहीं जलती सभी चोरी हो चुकी हैं जिससे छिना झपटी कि घटनाये बढ़ रही हैं. दो साल पहले आपने मुहुर्र्रत किया तब फ्ल्योवर पर लिफ्ट या चलने वाला जीना लगवाने के लिया कहा था आज तक नहीं लगा जिससे बुजुर्गो, बिमारो व महिलायों को फ्ल्योवर पर चड़ना बड़ा मुस्किल हो रहा हैं

7. Sh R.D Yadav Kapashera RWA- गाँव में सीवर का कार्य शुरू हुआ था आधे गाँव में कार्य हो चूका हैं और सारा मलबा खोद कर डाल दिया गया हैं और ठेकेदार ने काम बंध कर दिया हैं कहता हैं कि मेरे पास मजदूर नहीं हैं बरसात आने वाली हैं सारे गाँव में अभी से ही कीचड़ हो गया हैं बारिस में क्या होगा आये दिन कोई ना कोई बुजुर्ग फिसल कर गिर जाता हैं

Smt Shiela Dixit ji  ने सभी समस्या को सुनकर साथ के साथ अधिकारियो को एक महीने का समय दिया और RWA प्रतिनिधियों  को काम ना होने पर सचिवालय में रिपोर्ट देने कि बात कही.

Gift-wrapped bunkum

Joginder Singh
Former Director-CBI

Having run out of ideas and with no success to show, the Government is now re-packaging and selling to the people what is already there in the Constitution.

Of late, the Union Government has exhibited a penchant for regurgitating Fundamental Rights already embodied in the Constitution in the form of New Rights, as if it was doing a favour to the people by providing them with newer and unprecedented entitlements. Take for example the National Employment Guarantee Act which promises wages that are so low that one is destined to starve and even that paltry sum of money is siphoned off, or the Right to Education which is meaningless given the inadequate number of schools, lack of proper class rooms and the absence of teachers. The proposed Right to Justice Bill is the latest addition to the list.

Without ensuring that there is adequate infrastructure to implement laws, if by simply promulgating them development could have been achieved, India would have been a heaven by now. Moreover, one cannot
expect any improvement only because a Bill has been passed unless there is the political will necessary to improve the system. Thus, the Right to Justice, however well-intentioned it may be, will remain only a dream as the Government is not serious about ensuring justice for the masses.

The President of India had observed on May 31, 2010: “Government agencies being one of the biggest litigants must exercise restraint from routinely instituting litigation and clogging the system...We must take stock of the challenges and structural weaknesses which beset our legal system, impeding equitable access to prompt and quality justice. Judicial reform should occupy a salient place in the Government’s agenda...There cannot be better governance without better laws and there cannot be better laws if antiquated ones remain.
Archaic laws and outdated administrative regulations must be scrutinised and if necessary scrapped or amended. Making the language of law simple can prevent unnecessary litigation.”

She had then gone on to add: “We must re-engineer and simplify court procedures, which otherwise tend to make litigation unduly slow and protracted. Frequent demands and liberal grant of adjournments, filing of multiple suits and similar tactics make judicial productivity sluggish. Timely pronouncement of judgements and quick execution of decrees would be beneficial... Congestion of court cases has been compounded by shortage of judicial manpower and low judge to population ratio. We must explore betterment of this ratio by
augmenting the strength of the judiciary without compromising on quality.”

The Government has admitted, more than once, that the state is the country’s biggest litigant. Seventy per cent of the over three crore cases that are pending in Indian courts involve the Government as either petitioner or respondent. To make matters worse, 90 per cent of those cases fail and should not have been filed in the first instance, as the Prime Minister has pointed out.

Last year, the Union Minister for Law Veerappa Moily also said that the Government was pursuing several frivolous cases, causing huge losses to the exchequer and burdening the judicial system. Giving an example, he said that matters relating to individual grievances such as pensions and retirement benefits should not be appealed against. “Such appeals should be avoided as litigation costs in them are much higher than the payoffs,” said Mr Moily. Sadly, all efforts by the Government to become a fair, just and responsible litigant have failed.

To make matters worse, the country’s judicial system is plagued by an inadequate number of justices who can hear cases. As of April 1, there were 288 vacancies across all High Courts which have a collective
backlog of 41.8 lakh cases. The Supreme Court too functions with only 29 out of the sanctioned 31 judges.

Three years ago, the then Chief Justice of India had said that India needs 77,000 judges to clear its judicial backlog and called for increasing the population-judge ratio from the existing 9.5 judges for every10 lakh people to 50 judges for every 10 lakh people.

Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous State, rightly has the highest number of sanctioned high court judges at 160 but also the maximum number of vacancies at 95. With a population of 199 million — only one-third less than the population of the US, the third most populous country in the world — Uttar Pradesh has just 65 sitting judges. The Allahabad High Court, including its benches, is working with just 36 per cent of the sanctioned judges. Needless to say, this High Court also has the maximum number of pending cases at 9.6 lakh.

Maharashtra, India’s second most populous State with 112 million people is sanctioned 75 judges but here too some14 positions are vacant. The Bombay High Court and its benches have a collective backlog of 3.4 lakh cases. Other High Courts where there are a significant number of vacancies are Punjab and Haryana (26 out of the sanctioned 68), Rajasthan (19 out of the sanction 40) and Calcutta (16 out of the sanctioned 58). The Gujarat High Court too is working with exactly two-thirds of its sanctioned strength of 42 judges.
Additionally, the Punjab & Haryana High Court is short of 24 Additional Judges though its sanctioned strength is 29.

In August 2010, the Solicitor-General of India commented on these prevailing conditions. He took Uttar Pradesh as a test case and read out statistics that reflected poorly on the Allahabad High Court, which is administratively in charge of the subordinate judiciary in the State. According to him, 10,541 criminal trials were stayed by the Allahabad High Court. Of these, nine per cent were pending for more than 20 years and 21 per cent for over a decade.

In other words, stay of trial in 30 per cent of offences continued for more than 10 years. In a classic observation, he said: “It’s sad that administration of justice has come to such a pass. The High Courts stay the trial and forget all about it. This means, we are choking the administration of justice. No one should be denied a fair and speedy trial. Also, what about the victims? What about society which feels that a wrongdoer should be punished at the earliest? Though these stays, that is being denied.”

When the Solicitor-General said that the Chief Justices of High Courts should play an active role in clearing the mess arising out the decade-old stay orders on criminal trials, the Bench claimed: “The Chief Justices are helpless. They have a tenure ranging from one year to even two months. What can a Chief Justice do in such a brief tenure? They cannot deal with this problem as their brief tenures do not allow them to even understand the dynamics of a particular High Court.”

Taking a dig at the Government and its law officers, the Bench pointed out that, “Six months back, you and your colleagues had pioneered a programme for expeditious justice in the face of crores of cases pending in trial courts. But the entire system seems to have either crumbled or is crumbling. What else can be said when nine per cent of cases have been stayed for more than 20 years.”

Therefore, the bottom line is that unless basic steps are taken to first reform the entire criminal justice system, the promised 'Right to Justice' will not help anybody. If there are no judges to decide, how will any case be disposed of? The Government must remember that you can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all the people, all of the time.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Passengers can now access details of their lost items on Delhi Metro Website



In an effort to help speedy retrieval of items/belongings lost by passengers while traveling in the Delhi Metro, the DMRC has now started displaying the list of all lost and found articles on its website http://www.delhimetrorail.com/ 


The details of such items are now being updated on a daily basis under `Lost & Found` section of the website. The list gives all the details like date, time and name of the station where the article(s) was found or handed over to DMRC staff by anyone along with its description.


The bonafide claimant(s) of such items can approach the respective Metro stations as shown in the list within 24 Hours of its display on the website to claim the item. However, if the passengers who are not able to reclaim their item within 24 Hrs from the station may then approach the centralized `Lost & Found` office at Kashmere Gate Metro station. As per practice, DMRC send all items found in Metro stations to Kashmere Gate office after every 24 hours. Thereafter, they are kept in this office till bonafide claimants reclaim them.


For Lost and Found Section please contact :
Station Control Room
Kashmere Gate Metro Station
Ph: 011-23860837 Extn: 16600,
011-23417910


Click here to view list of lost items.

संगठन के हित में करना चाहिए: स.मंजीत सिंह


प्रेमबाबू शर्मा  

शिरोमणी अकाली दल बादल दिल्ली प्रदेश के पूर्व महासचिव सरदार कुलदीप सिंह ने अकाली दल के अध्यक्ष सुखवीर सिंह बादल को पत्र 
लिखकर दिल्ली इकाई का पुर्नगठन करने की मांग की है । उन्होंने जत्थेदार स.ओमकार सिंह थापर व दिल्ली में पार्टी अध्यक्ष स.मंजीत सिंह जीके को आडे हाथों लेते हुए कहा कि पार्टी ने एक तीन सदस्यीय हाई पावर कमेटी गठन कर उनको दिल्ली से जुडे मामले पर निर्णय लेने का अधिकार दिया था। लेकिन सदस्यों में आपसी तालमेल ना होने के कारण सारे मामले अधर में लटके है। ना ही आज तक दिल्ली इकाई का गठन हो पाया है। दोनों ही नेता पार्टी के अदरूनी मामलों को समाचार पत्रों में उछालकर एक दुसरे के खिलाफ ब्यानवाजी से पार्टी की छवि को धुमिल कर रहे है। उनको अपनी हरकतों को छोडकर संगठन को मजबूत करने के लिए काम करना चाहिए। उन्होंने इन नेताओ पर चुटकी लेते हुए कहा कि स. मंजीत सिंह जीके ने 11 सदस्यीय कोर कमेटी व स. ओंकार सिंह ने 9 सदस्यीय कोर कमेटी का गैरकानूनी तौर पर गठन कर सिख संगत व पार्टी कार्यकर्ताओं को गुमराह करने का प्रयास किया है। जो पार्टी के हित में नही है। स.कुलदीप सिंह का कहना कि दिल्ली में अगामी सिख गुरूद्वारा प्रबंधक कमेटी के चुनावों से पहले दिल्ली इकाई का पुर्नगठन किया जाये और इसमें उन लोगों का सम्मिलित किया जाये जो शिरोमणी अकाली दल बादल पार्टी के प्रति वफादार सिपाही है और जिन्होंने पार्टी के हितो में अपना पूरा समय लगाया है और सुखवीर सिंह बादल द्वारा दी गई जिम्मेंदारियों को बखूबी से निभाया है।

DTC started West Delhi Mudrika Services through Dwarka


M.K. Gupta

Route:  DPS Matiala, Dwarka Sector 3/4, Dwarka Sector 13/3, Dwarka Sec.14 (Police Post), Netaji Subhash Institute, Dwarka More Metro Station, Nawada, Uttam Nagar, Janakpuri District Centre, Tilak Nagar, Subhash Nagar More, Raja Garden, Ramesh Nagar, Moti Nagar, Shadipur Depot, Naraina Depot, Loha Mandi, Naraina Vihar, Ring Road, Maya Puri Depot, Metal Forging, Police Station Mayapuri, Lajwanti Garden, Janakpuri D-Block, Sagarpur, Pankha Road, Dabri More, Nallah Road, Dashrath Puri, Dwarka Sector 1/2, Dwarka Sector 2/6 and Dwarka Depot-2.

Frequecy - 15 minutes
No. of Buses - 10 for each direction, total 209.
Type:  Both A/C & non-A/C busses
Routh Lngth - 35 KM
Running Time - 120 minutes


The commuters can report their complaints/ suggestions pertaining to DTC buses' operation on telephone nos. 23370373, 23370374 & 9582948918.

Toll Free Helpline No. for Women, and other suggestions/ complaints 1800-11 81 81

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Govt’s Lokpal Bill Vs Jan Lokpal Bill


Surendera M. Bhanot
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Rather than gunning for the corrupt and corruption, government’s Lokpal seems to be gunning for those who complain against corruption.


How will Government’s Lokpal work?
Suppose some citizen files a complaint to Lokpal against some 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!


Then there is stiffer punishment for the complainant than the corrupt government servant. If the Special Court concludes that the complaint is frivolous or false, the citizen faces a minimum of two years of punishment. But if the corruption charges against government servant are proved, there is a minimum of six months of punishment for the corrupt government servant!


Government’s Lokpal will have jurisdiction over all NGOs in the country but it will have jurisdiction over less then o.5% of all government employees.


Government argued that the Lokpal would get overwhelmed with too many cases if all public servants were brought under its ambit. So, government has restricted its jurisdiction only to 65,000 Group A officers. Also, state employees will not be covered by Lokpal. There are 4 million central government employees and 8 million state government employees.


In sharp contrast, all NGOs are covered under government’s Lokpal, small or big, whether in state or centre. Even unregistered groups of people in remote villages are covered under the ambit of Lokpal. So, in a remote village, if a group of youngsters detect corruption in panchayat works using RTI, the youngsters can be hauled up by Lokpal but Lokpal would not have jurisdiction over Sarpanch, BDO or their corruption.


Whereas Lokpal would not have jurisdiction over Delhi government officials, it would have jurisdiction over all RWAs in Delhi. All small neighborhood groups who raise donations to do Ramlila or Durga Puja would be under Lokpal’s scanner.


Lokpal could haul up activists from any of the farmers, labour, anti-corruption, land, tribal or any other movements. All the movements – whether registered or not, are under the jurisdiction of Lokpal.


There are 4.3 lakh registered NGOs. But there would be several million unregistered groups across the country. Lokpal would have jurisdiction over all of them.


No one can dispute the fact that corruption in NGOs needs to be addressed. But how can you leave most public servants out of Lokpal’s purview but bring NGOs up to village level within its purview?


Comparative Chart : Govt’s Lokpal Bill Vs Jan Lokpal Bill


Issue
Civil Society’s View
Government’s view
Comments
Prime Minister
Lokpal should have power to investigate allegations of corruption against PM. Special safeguards provided against frivolous and mischievous complaints
PM kept out of Lokpal’s purview.
As of today, corruption by PM can be investigated under Prevention of Corruption Act. Government wants investigations to be done by CBI, which comes directly under him, rather than independent Lokpal
Judiciary
Lokpal should have powers to investigate allegation of corruption against judiciary. Special safeguards provided against frivolous and mischievous complaints
Judiciary kept out of Lokpal purview.
Government wants this to be included in Judicial Accountability Bill (JAB). Under JAB, permission to enquire against a judge will be given by a three member committee (two judges from the same court and retd Chief justice of the same court). There are many such flaws in JAB. We have no objections to judiciary being included in JAB if a strong and effective JAB were considered and it were enacted simultaneously.
MPs
Lokpal should be able to investigate allegations that any MP had taken bribe to vote or speak in Parliament.
Government has excluded this from Lokpal’s purview.
Taking bribe to vote or speak in Parliament strikes at the foundations of our democracy. Government’s refusal to bring it under Lokpal scrutiny virtually gives a license to MPs to take bribes with impunity.
Grievance redressal
Violation of citizen’s charter (if an officer does not do a citizen’s work in prescribed time) by an officer should be penalized and should be deemed to be corruption.
No penalties proposed. So, this will remain only on paper.
Government had agreed to our demand in the Joint committee meeting on 23rd May. It is unfortunate they have gone back on this decision.
CBI
Anti-corruption branch of CBI should be merged into Lokpal.
Government wants to retain its hold over CBI.
CBI is misused by governments. Recently, govt has taken CBI out of RTI, thus further increasing the scope for corruption in CBI. CBI will remain corrupt till it remains under government’s control
Selection of Lokpal members
1. Broad based selection committee with 2 politicians, four judges and two independent constitutional authorities. 2. An independent search committee consisting of retd constitutional authorities to prepare first list. 3. A detailed transparent and participatory selection process.
1. With five out of ten members from ruling establishment and six politicians in selection committee, government has ensured that only weak, dishonest and pliable people would be selected. 2. Search committee to be selected by selection committee, thus making them a pawn of selection committee 3. No selection process provided. It will completely depend on selection committee
Government’s proposal ensures that the government will be able to appoint its own people as Lokpal members and Chairperson. Interestingly, they had agreed to the selection committee proposed by us in the meeting held on 7th May. There was also a broad consensus on selection process. However, there was a disagreement on composition of search committee. We are surprised that they have gone back on the decision.
Who will Lokpal be account-able to?
To the people. A citizen can make a complaint to Supreme Court and seek removal.
To the Government. Only government can seek removal of Lokpal
With selection and removal of Lokpal in government’s control, it would virtually be a puppet in government’s hands, against whose senior most functionaries it is supposed to investigate, thus causing serious conflict of interest.



Issue
Civil Society’s View
Government’s view
Comments
Integrity of Lokpal staff
Complaint against Lokpal staff will be heard by an independent authority
Lokpal itself will investigate complaints against its own staff, thus creating serious conflicts of interest
Government’s proposal creates a Lokpal, which is accountable either to itself or to the government. We have suggested giving these controls in the hands of the citizens.
Method of enquiry
Method would be the same as provided in CrPC like in any other criminal case. After preliminary enquiry, an FIR will be registered. After investigations, case will be presented before a court, where the trial will take place
CrPC being amended. Special protection being provided to the accused. After preliminary enquiry, all evidence will be provided to the accused and he shall be heard as to why an FIR should not be regd against him. After completion of investigations, again all evidence will be provided to him and he will be given a hearing to explain why a case should not be filed against him in the court. During investigations, if investigations are to be started against any new persons, they would also be presented with all evidence against them and heard.
Investigation process provided by the government would severely compromise all investigations. If evidence were made available to the accused at various stages of investigations, in addition to compromising the investigations, it would also reveal the identity of whistleblowers thus compromising their security. Such a process is unheard of in criminal jurisprudence anywhere in the world. Such process would kill almost every case.
Lower bureaucracy
All those defined as public servants in Prevention of Corruption Act would be covered. This includes lower bureaucracy.
Only Group A officers will be covered.
One fails to understand government’s stiff resistance against bringing lower bureaucracy under Lokpal’s ambit. This appears to be an excuse to retain control over CBI because if all public servants are brought under Lokpal’s jurisdiction, government would have no excuse to keep CBI.
Lokayukta
The same bill should provide for Lokpal at centre and Lokayuktas in states
Only Lokpal at the centre would be created through this Bill.
According to Mr Pranab Mukherjee, some of the CMs have objected to providing Lokayuktas through the same Bill. He was reminded that state Information Commissions were also set up under RTI Act through one Act only.
Whistleblower protection
Lokpal will be required to provide protection to whistleblowers, witnesses and victims of corruption
No mention in this law.
According to govt, protection for whistleblowers is being provided through a separate law. But that law is so bad that it has been badly trashed by standing committee of Parliament last month. The committee was headed by Ms Jayanthi Natrajan. In the Jt committee meeting held on 23rd May, it was agreed that Lokpal would be given the duty of providing protection to whistleblowers under the other law and that law would also be discussed and improved in joint committee only. However, it did not happen.
Special benches in HC
High Courts will set up special benches to hear appeals in corruption cases to fast track them
No such provision.
One study shows that it takes 25 years at appellate stage in corruption cases. This ought to be addressed.


Issue
Civil Society’s  View
                               Government’s view
               Comments
CrPC                                                 



On the basis of past experience on why anti-corruption cases take a long time in courts and why do our agencies lose them, some amendments to CrPC have been suggested to prevent frequent stay orders.

Not included
Dismissal of corrupt government servant
After completion of investigations, in addition to filing a case in a court for prosecution, a bench of Lokpal will hold open hearings and decide whether to remove the government servant from job.
The minister will decide whether to remove a corrupt officer or not. Often, they are beneficiaries of corruption, especially when senior officer are involved. Experience shows that rather than removing corrupt people, ministers have rewarded them.
Power of removing corrupt people from jobs should be given to independent Lokpal rather than this being decided by the minister in the same department.
Punishment for corruption
1. Maximum punishment is ten years 2. Higher punishment if rank of accused is higher 3. Higher fines if accused are business entities 4. If successfully convicted, a business entity should be blacklisted from future contracts.
None of these accepted. Only maximum punishment raised to 10 years.
Financial independence
Lokpal 11 members collectively will decide how much budget do they need
Finance ministry will decide the quantum of budget
This seriously compromises with the financial independence of Lokpal
Prevent further loss
Lokpal will have a duty to take steps to prevent corruption in any ongoing activity, if brought to his notice. If need be, Lokpal will obtain orders from High Court.
No such duties and powers of Lokpal
2G is believed to have come to knowledge while the process was going on. Shouldn’t some agency have a duty to take steps to stop further corruption rather than just punish people later?
Tap phones
Lokpal bench will grant permission to do so
Home Secretary would grant permission.
Home Secretary is under the control of precisely those who would be under scanner. It would kill investigations.
Delegation of powers
Lokpal members will only hear cases against senior officers and politicians or cases involving huge amounts. Rest of the work will be done by officers working under Lokpal
All work will be done by 11 members of Lokpal. Practically no delegation.
This is a sure way to kill Lokpal. The members will not be able to handle all cases. Within no time, they would be overwhelmed.
NGOs
Only government funded NGOs covered
All NGOs, big or small, are covered.
A method to arm twist NGOs
False, Frivolous and vexatious complaints

No imprisonment. Only fines on complainants. Lokpal would decide whether a complaint is frivolous or vexatious or false.

Two to five years of imprisonment and fine. The accused can file complaint against complainant in a court. Interestingly, prosecutor and all expenses of this case will be provided by the government to the accused. The complainant will also have to pay a compensation to the accused.
This will give a handle to every accused to browbeat complainants. Often corrupt people are rich. They will file cases against complainants and no one will dare file any complaint. Interestingly, minimum punishment for corruption is six months but for filing false complaint is two years.

ALERT FOR ALL – DON’T BE DUPED BY FAKE PLACEMENT AGENCIES


M K Gupta

One more fraud has come to light by the placement agency. An agency took Rs. 15,000 from Shri Ashok Kumar Bakshi, IAS (Rettd) of Rudra Society, Sector 6, and left the maid at his residence. When Mr. Bakshi went to market to fetch the milk and vegetables from the DDA Sec-6 LSC for the first time with the maid after a week, she ran away along with the utensil for milk. Fortunately, Mr. Bakshi were able to hand over the agent and the maid after some day by laying a trap by asking some one else to call the agent at his residence in sector 9 for providing maid. Mr. Bakshi got his amount back few days after handing over the perpetrators of fraud to the police but he is not happy with the action of the Sector 9 Police Station in the matter. Now, he has filed an RTI application to the Police Commissioner to know about the action taken and other details. According to him, once, the PS asked him to visit the Police Station at about 11.00 p.m. to identify some suspects and he refused by saying he is available for this from 8.00 am to 8 pm during the day time. Copy of his RTI and other documents are available with me. In the process, he had to tell the Police that he has been very senior officer of the government and should not be treated by the police in that manner.

Under my guidance, a resident of Faridabad has been able to get hold of one more agent and the maid but he also told that he is not satisfied with the action of the Faridabad Police Station. He told that he had to run from pillar to post, media, spoke to ACP and other senior police officers after the PS let both the alleged culprits, agent and the maid. He has also employed the same technique as used by Mr Bakshi.

All Dwarkaites and other citizens are advised to give the Commission to the agents after satisfying with the genuiness of the agent and the maid and visiting office of the placement agency. Many flight by night fraudsters are now in this crime.

Future of Jan Lokpal Bill...



Promod Chawla
National Network For India

1. Undoubtedly Indian Governance is uncomfortably Corrupt.

2. There is no intent within Govt in Power to grassroots address / use mechanisms effectively to minimize Peoples Burden nor is there a will likewise in the Opposition Parties to Unite for this Problem.

3. Finding the limbo / adrift situation, known Activists formed, India Against Corruption, which again looks like a Coterie group. Well known Swami Ramdev ji, jumped in & out of the fray for his own Political ambitions & is now hankering for space - will come by, having gone to his retreat & now consoling Rajbala after a 3 week gap.

4. Civil Resistance to wrongs is best done as Respected Gandhi ji taught us with a:
Soul Force
Truth Force
as a Regime which wedded Capitalism & a Market Economy, now in its UPA II, 'avtar' cannot be self correcting. Inequality in India has reached a repulsively ugly level.

5. All Civil Resistance either non violent or violent - the 2 methods overlap - intermingle; to achieve success need Far Greater cohesive well stratified Youth & GenNext backing, across India, which needs Focused attention right now for gaining grounds in the Jan Lokpal Movement. Now in its 12th week.


Parliamentarians (30% known Convicted Criminals in them) resisting & People know that the Bill to be Law, it must pass through the Lok & Rajya Sabha wherein the Whip will be used. Non in Power or waiting want Corrupt practices Exposed & distance Punishment.

6. In South Africa in 1984 against Apartheid - Prague in 1989 - Tehran, Philippines, Chile, East Germany, Burma, more recently in Tunisia, Egypt - right now in Syria, Yemen, Bahrain chronicler record ways of resisting & there are said to be 198 methods.

7. In our assessment there has set in: Fast Fatigue & priority requirement right now is a RETHINK, there should be a far greater Formidable force United which must have co-opted parsons in Groups looking after:
- Clean Funds for the Movement
- Taking care of participants Security & well being
- Updated & abreast with critical issues such as:
ICT & eGovernance
Facts & figures on Criminalized Politicians + Bureaucrats
Food prices / Inflation / under nourishment & hunger
The slow down in the Economy - Deficit Financing
Effects of Black Money
Electoral Reforms
Water
Electricity
Roads
Corruption living examples & facts
Networking & Media outreach
Police Reforms
Nuclear Option
Environment & Forests
Livelihood & Jobs

8. At the gathering at Aadhyatam Sadhna Kendra - near Chatarpur Mandhir, 5-7 pm Sun June 26, 2011 there was spirited handling by IAC Reps - Rishi, Shaleen & Raj Kumar. We also met Sudhir, consumer Activist, Praveen from Mukherjee Nagar, G P Sharma ex AIIMS who talked about Loot liya Hindusthan in Nav Bharat Times Today, Sh Khagendra Jha from Purnea, Bihar. The CD was played, next meet in Devli announced.

9. Accountability, Transparency, brakes on Corruption will have Peoples support - Youth coming forward will give teeth to the Jan Lokpal Moves always.

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