Mumbai: Anna Hazare on Tuesday threatened to resume his fast on last day of the Parliament's Winter Session if the government fails to get a strong Jan Lokpal Bill passed by then.

In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the 74-year-old activist said he did not find it right that responsible people in the government and the Congress were making remarks that create doubts about the passage of the bill.

Hazare, who called off his 12-day hunger strike in Ramlila Maidan in August after eliciting a promise that his concerns will be addressed, said his team will also travel to various states to educate people about the need for a strong Jan Lokpal Bill when he resumes his fast.

The Winter Session of Parliament will begin on November 22 and ends on December 23. The government has been repeatedly asserting that it plans to introduce the significant Lokpal Bill during that session while Team Anna has been insisting the government pass the bill in this Session itself.

"I will begin my hunger strike agitation on the last day of the Session, if the Jan Lokpal Bill is not passed in the House and the team will tour various states to educate people about the issue," Hazare said in the letter.

Hazare, who is observing vow of silence in Ralegan Siddhi since October 16, reminded Singh that he called off his hunger strike, which he began on August 16 at Ramlila Maidan, following a written assurance from the Prime Minister, which was conveyed to him by Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.

"If an effective Jan Lokpal Bill is in place, it would help the country to get rid of corruption and also help utilise more funds towards development work," he said in the letter.

Hazare said it has become difficult for the common man to carry on with their life due to corruption.

"Due to corruption and price rise, it has become difficult for people to run their families. Out of Re one spent for development activities, only 10 paise is actually spent on development," he said.

Hazare said if a strong Jan Lokpal is there, then it can put a break on 60 percent of corruption which can provide relief for people.

The activist had indicated that he might discontinue the 'maun vrat' over the next couple of days as he wants to hold "open discussions" with his supporters.

Team Anna got Rs 2.9 crore in donations

Team Anna collected donations of Rs 2.94 crore in the past six months out of which Rs 1.14 crore came during Anna Hazare's 12-day hunger strike in Ramlila Maidan.

According to Team Anna, a total of 27,505 people, including 25,023 during Ramlila agitation, contributed financially to the anti-corruption movement with Rs 25 lakh being the highest donation and over 400 donating more than Rs 10,000.

Out of the Rs 2.94 crore it collected during the six months, they have decided to return Rs 42.55 lakh to donors who "did not provide their complete details and their sources of funding", leaving Rs 2.51 crore with them.

The Public Cause Research Foundation (PCRF), the Secretariat for the movement, made public its audit report for six months starting April one following allegations of financial misconduct by activist Arvind Kejriwal.

A former Team Anna member Swami Agnivesh had questioned the depositing of donations in PCRF, saying none of the prominent Team members like Justice Santosh Hegde were trustees of PCRF run by Kejriwal.

Of the Rs 2.51 crore, Team Anna has spent Rs 1.5 crore in the past six months with Rs 52.27 lakh being spent for public meeting expenses, mainly for Ramlila Maidan agitation.

Team Anna spent Rs 9.83 lakh on travel while another Rs 2.68 lakh was spent on communication expenses. Under public awareness expenses, the Team spent Rs 45.50 lakh and printing charges Rs 26.55 lakh.

It also spent Rs 9,711 under the head RTI. It also paid Rs 9.29 lakh as salary and stipend to the staff of PCRF besides a lowly Rs 36 as interest on government dues.

"It has been heartwarming to note that 23,138 contributions were of Rs 1,000 or less. It has been humbling and moving to note that people with very limited resources contributed with sums like Rs 1, Rs 2 and Rs 5 of their hard earned money," the Team said.

(Agencies)