Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Lok Pal or Lok Mar?

The draft Lokpal Bill, in its current form can only be be termed as draconian

The Lokpal in the Bill enjoys the authority of Police and Judiciary. That is not justifiable. Are we trying to create parallel government?

The Lokpal shall have the authority to confiscate property, cancel government tenders and contracts, remove government officials from the job. It is accepted that the politician-bureaucrat-contractor nexus is the root cause of most corruption in the country. However unlimited power to Lokpal is a dangerous proposal. What is the guarantee that the Lokpal does not misuse his authority?

The current bill requires discussion on much wide scale. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. It should not be forgotten.

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