Anna Hazare has refused to be hospitalised despite doctors warning that his blood pressure and vital signs are worrying. A few hours before this worrying medical bulletin was shared, the Prime Minister wrote to the 74-year-old activist, urging him to end his hunger strike against corruption. “Despite the differences between the Government and your team,” the PM wrote, “I do not think that anybody is or should be in any doubt about the deep and abiding concern which I and our Government share about your health, arising from your continuing fast.”
In his letter, Dr Manmohan Singh offered to have Anna’s bill placed before a Parliamentary Committee in charge of handling the Lokpal Bill. This committee – the Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Personnel – has so far been scrutinising the Government’s version of the Bill. The activists led by Anna say that this draft is weak and provides too many outs to public servants accused of corruption.
The PM stressed, “I have maintained that your and our object is identical viz. to reduce significantly, if not eliminate, the scourge of corruption from this country. At worst, our paths and methodologies may differ, though I do believe that even those differences have been exaggerated.”
The Lokpal Bill provides for an independent agency that will examine charges of corruption against public servants. Team Anna says the government has deliberately drafted a weak Bill that will not effectively combat systematic venality. So they drafted their own version of the Bill. Two weeks ago, the government ignored Team Anna’s Bill and introduced its own in Parliament. The activists declared war and delivered on their threat that Anna would start a fast and appeal to Indians to join his demonstration against corruption.
Among Anna’s main objections to the government’s draft of the Lokpal Bill is that it doesn’t apply to the PM, senior judges or junior bureaucrats. While the government may agree to let the Bill apply to the Prime Minister, the activists say they could be persuaded to accept other pieces of legislation that would tackle corruption among senior judges and junior bureaucrats.
Source : NDTV