Avaaz decries cabinet’s endorsement of a weak Lokpal Bill

Agencies Jul 28, 2011, 01.58pm IST

NEW DELHI: Avaaz, the global campaigning organisation, with nearly 700,000 members in India, slammed the decision of the Indian Cabinet to push through a weak and toothless Lokpal bill. They criticised the cabinet for ignoring hundreds of thousands of Indian’s who are demanding a strong bill that includes in it’s remit the PM, MPs, Judiciary and all levels of bureaucracy.

Shibayan Raha, Campaigner for Avaaz said: “Corruption is arsenic in the water of our democracy and the Cabinet have chosen to keep our politics polluted rather than clean up our country of this poison.

In just 24 hours, over ten thousand men and women from across the country have sent faxes directly to Cabinet members demanding a strong bill. But, Ministers are protecting the elite status quo and not bold enough to respond to the public clamour with measures that could truly tackle corruption. “We will continue fighting to ensure we get a law that rids India of the scourge of corruption,” Raha said.

For the past four months people have been campaigning for a Jan Lokpal through Avaaz. Over 685,000 people have taken action by signing a petition to PM, sending emails directly to the Lokpal Drafting Committee, calling minister’s offices, sending personal messages to Sonia Gandhi, and sticking up billboards and thousands of posters across the country.

This week over 10,000 faxes were sent to the cabinet urging them to listen to the voices of the people and bring a strong anti-corruption bill to root out corruption once and for all in this country.

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