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Luminaries come together to fight corruption

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 24, 2006

Luminaries come together to fight corruption
DH News Service Bangalore:


As well-meaning ideas go, this one is hard to beat. No less a person than a former chief justice of India, a union minister, a former education and revenue minister, an MLA and a member of the State Planning Board, have come together to fight corruption and injustice in the country. If they have their way, a Virtual Court might be in the offing, apart from a reformed electoral system and a new political culture.

Under the chairmanship of former chief justice, Justice M N Venkatachaliah, a registered Trust — the Centre for Standards in Public Life (CSPL) — started functioning on Wednesday, with the trust members drafting ‘bills’ and memoranda that would be screened by a Governing Council for “further proceedings”.

Addressing the media on the occasion, Justice Venkatachaliah said a comprehensive law was required to regulate the formation of political parties, their funding, issues pertaining to transparency and the like.

“For this, all political parties should be brought together, and a consensus evolved, as it is time somebody arrested the decay in the political system,” he said. A three-member body would screen and approve a Political Parties Law within three months, he added.

Stating that the size of the parallel economy of the country was estimated at 47 per cent of the $690-billion GDP of the nation, he said the ‘nexus’ between the political party executives and permanent civil services should be checked immediately.

Former union minister M S Gurupadaswamy, whose brainchild CSPL is, said corruption in public life would be addressed by the Trust. “The electoral system is in urgent need of reform. Also, the Lokayukta should be given full autonomy and powers and strengthened at the state level,” he said. The Lokpal Bill, pending for over 20 years, should be passed soonest.

The other trustees of the outfit are former education/revenue minister B Somshekhar, former MLA Chandrakanth Bellad and former Planning Board member-secretary Mumtaz Ali Khan. There are 20 members in the Governing Council, including journalist Kuldip Nayyar, historian Ramachandra Guha, and leading Supreme Court advocate Prashanth Bhushan.

CSPL is located at Aradhya Complex, 1st Floor, 21/1, Vani Vilas Road, Basavangudi.


9 Responses to “Luminaries come together to fight corruption”

  1. Sushil Jain said

    How long we can keep on fighting? It is a never ending process. It is a short term solution.

    Prevention is better than cure. Prevention is “education + wisdom”
    Wisdom brings in people transformation > self regulation > immersonal vision and goals > creativity > efficiency > patience > inner power > happiness.

    Let us start transforming ourselves first and then others. Knowledge is available, simple and most effective /impactful……

  2. KAMAL CHAND said

    Addressing the media on the occasion, Justice Venkatachaliah said a comprehensive law was required to regulate the formation of political parties, their funding, issues pertaining to transparency and the like.
    I would like to ask: What about media. MEDIA is accountable to none. Where are the masses in the general media. They are serving the elite. They are entertaining the elite. They employ the elites. They are fed by the elites. My fellow citizens can we look and work for pressuring media to highlight PEOPLES PROBLEMS and miseries, they are innumerable.
    Kamal Chand

  3. dmprabhuswamy said

    I was kept under suspension just for submitting a memorandum to Hon’ble chief justice directly seeking his appointment to discuss problems of staff, i.e. honest , anti corrupt staff. and (Hidden agenda), Iam not in a position to leave job and fight corruption, and it is not possible to complaint directly about corrupt officials, officers, etc

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  5. Deb Kumar said

    It is really a significant step that has been taken. But question is wheather it will be implemented in right way. Being a citizen of Assam i would like to draw your attention towards the North Cachar Hills is one of the two Hill Districts in Assam. Where Political Parties taking the help of Extrimist Groups to come to power and after winning they are buisy to fulfill their demand what is prefixed before election. As a consequence common people are the sufferer. Employees do not get their salary time, road condion is precarious, no good doctor in the district and et all.
    if ruler of the country take the help of the EXTRIMIST then what will be the destiny of the nation.

    I hope this information will be treated as the worthful one.

  6. Rauni said

    I am the President of an Association which is taking a fight against the MOST silent but currupt office called MOD Ministry of Defence Land Cell under the agies of DG lands.

  7. sir.
    Pranam. s o thana kotwali city Bijnoure and s p Bijnoure.(up) will not give me any information about my application
    sir please help me about my application
    And send me R T I. C I C UP offish Address
    Ganesh Prasad kala (National Football Player)
    71/5 Bakralwala Neshvila Road Dehradun uttrakhand
    Phone no 9412403060

  8. Rajiv Kumar said

    i dont think this will work or not. i also have so many concern related to polticians.
    i want to do something for my village but peoples are not that much educated so evry time when i am try to aware about cruptio they dont under stand. so help me how i can teach them.

    can give some example. if any body having any idea call me on this 9018451556
    rajiv kumar

  9. Rajiv Kumar said

    few days back our MLA visited in village and confirm that lacks of rupee given to surpanch but he is not able justfy the expenditure on what? what is the forward path to caught this curpted guy.

    if this site real work give resolution so that people will be aware in future

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