It is really encouraging to see that famous social activist Anna Hazare, who is going to sit on fast against corruption, is getting support from all quarters, but it is very disturbing to observe that the Central Government is not ready to consider his demands. On one hand, the Government is urging him not to go ahead with the indefinite fast, on the other it refrains itself from framing effective law against corruption. In fact, Anna is insisting on a Lokpal Bill in totality in place of half-baked or ineffective Bill, which will not be effective in checking corruption. This is not an inappropriate demand, but the Centre is unable to justify why it cannot give nod to the Jan Lokpal Bill prepared by a few experts who have launched a crusade against corruption. This is very much indicative of the Central Government’s dilly-dallying approach that it is not ready to mull over the provisions of Jan Lokpal Bill. The Centre’s argument has no relevance when it explains about any traditions to take support from outside for preparing a bill. If a battle has to be waged against corruption, the Government has to shed the pretence of the conventions. Nevertheless, any precedent is set when something is done beyond traditions. This is farcical to see that the Central Government is resorting to conventions in the name of fighting corruption.
To rein in corruption and to fructify the Jan Lokpal Bill, also the Centre’s attitude is giving ample message to the nation that the government has restricted itself false promises instead of combating corruption. Surprisingly, why are the policy makers of the government not eager to accept the fact that Anna is among those distinguished personalities, who is known for waging war against corruption. He had earlier created awareness among every household in Maharashtra for creating the law on the Right to Information Act. The Centre should have realized if Anna would sit on fast it would affect the government’s image. However, the government is yet to realize that common people are losing faith in the system. The foremost reason for this is disclosure of series of scams coming up every day and secondly, its failure to take requisite action against the culprits. In most of the corruption cases, the Central Government took action against suspects only when it was pressurized, and in a few cases it wasted its energy in defying the accusations. Because of such actions it has already dented its image, for which it cannot blame anyone except itself. Although the Centre is making claims to frame stringent laws to restrain corruption, the chasm between its promise and action is widening. The Centre’s refusal to Jan Lokpal Bill is a testimony of this fact. It is exasperating that the policy makers of the country are not combating corruption, rather defending the culprits.