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Anna Hazare




Kisan Bapat Baburao Hazare (Marathi: किसन बापट बाबुराव हजारे) was born on January the 15th of 1940, he is popularly called as Anna Hazare. Anna Hazare is an Indian social activist. His contribution to the development of Ralegan Siddhi was well recognised. Ralegan Siddi is a village in Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra, India.
He started his social work on this village and established it as a role-model village. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan by Government of India, in 1992.

Anna Hazare pressed for the demand to form a joint committee of the representatives of the Government and the civil society to draft a new bill with stronger penal actions and more independence to the Lokpal and Lokayuktas (Ombudsmen in the states.) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after consultation with Sonia Gandhi rejected the bill.

How the movement took place?

The members of the movement had prepared Jan Lokpal bill which had good public support was almost dubbed by the Lokpal Bill prepared by the government.

Differences between Draft Lokpal Bill 2010 and Jan Lokpal Bill
Draft Lokpal Bill 2010 Jan Lokpal Bill
Lokpal will have no power to initiate suo moto action or receive complaints of corruption from the general public. It can only probe complaints forwarded by LS Speaker or RS Chairman. Lokpal will have powers to initiate suo moto action or receive complaints of corruption from the general public.
Lokpal will only be an Advisory Body. Its part is only limited to forwarding its report to the "Competent Authority" Lokpal will be much more than an Advisory Body. It should be granted powers to initiate Prosecution against anyone found guilty.
Lokpal will not have any police powers. It can not register FIRs or proceed with criminal investigations. Lokpal will have police powers. To say that it will be able to register FIRs.
CBI and Lokpal will have no connection with each other. Lokpal and anti corruption wing of CBI will be one Independent body.
Punishment for corruption will be minimum 6 months and maximum up-to 7 years. The punishment should be minimum 5 years and maximum up-to life imprisonment.
Lokpal will not be a monopoly for particular area

Anna Hazare's Fast Unto Death

On April 5 2011, Hazare started a 'fast unto death' to exert pressure on the Government of India to enact a strong anti-corruption act as envisaged in the Jan Lokpal Bill, a law that will establish a Lokpal (ombudsman) that will have the power to deal with corruption in public offices. Anna Hazare's this act started getting huge public support all over the country and people started forming groups and sat together. Some took to one day hunger strike in their own states in support of Anna Hazare. Know where the people of your state have gathered in support of Anna Hazare and spread the word so that like minded people willing to sit and support could join hand.

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