Delink Citizen Charter from Lokpal: Team Anna

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 00:50

New Delhi: Team Anna on Tuesday expressed its
willingness to de-link citizen`s charter from the proposed
anti-corruption ombudsman provided that a separate bill on the
lines of the one in Uttarakhand be introduced in Parliament
along with the Lokpal Bill.

The activists led by Anna Hazare have been demanding that
citizen`s charter should be part of the Lokpal Bill and they
provided two options for the government -- implement the
resolution of Parliament and include the charter in Lokpal or
bring a strong grievance redressal bill.
"If the government wishes to bring a separate bill to
deal with citizen`s charters, we request that the Uttarakhand
model for the same should be adopted wherein the citizen`s
charters have been provided through a separate bill.

"However, the violation of the same by various levels of
officers in the same department is required to be strongly
dealt with by judicial officers. In Uttarakhand, these
judicial officers are selected, appointed and controlled by
Lokayukta," a Team Anna statement said.
Claiming that the draft Public Grievances Redressal bill
provides for a highly centralized system which is bound to
collapse under its own weight, they said the Parliament
resolution stated that three key issues would be addressed
through the Lokpal Bill.

"However we are surprised that contrary to that
resolution, the government proposes to exclude citizen charter
from Lokpal`s jurisdiction and bring a weak and ineffective
bill to deal with citizen`s grievances," they said.

On its new proposal, Team Anna said the Public Grievance
Commissions should "never be burdened" with the work of
hearing appeals as that system is bound to collapse under its
own weight.


First Published: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 21:58

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