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IAC Goa gears up for July 25 Agitation

India Against Corruption’s goal is to have systemic reforms that ensure fair and equitable treatment to all citizens and speedy dispensation of justice. Anna Hazare has woken up the nation and led the fight against corruption over the past year, with millions of indians joining him in demanding a comprehensive and effective anti-corruption legislation. However, the sad truth of our nation is that many parliamentarians, including 15 Cabinet ministers, have been accused of major corruption charges, and 162 Members of Parliament are facing serious criminal charges such as attempted murder, rape, extortion, kidnapping etc.

Even honest MPs sympathetic to the demands of their electorate are bound by the whip of their party’s leaders such as Mulayam Singh Yadav, Mayawati, Jaganmohan Reddy, Lalu Prasad Yadav etc who have long-pending CBI cases against them.In such a situation one cannot expect the Parliament to pass a strong Lokpal bill that will cover all sections of government employees, make the CBI independent of political influence, create an effective Citizen’s Charter, and have time-bound processing of corruption cases and punishment of guilty officials.

Having witnessed the numerous attempts by the MPs of various parties to stall the passage of a strong Lokpal Bill and discredit the anti-corruption movement, Anna Hazare has now given a call to initiate enquiry through a Special Investigation Team (SIT) against all the tainted MPs and Ministers and set up fast-track Courts to settle the pending cases within a specific time frame. Failing this, there will be nationwide agitation from July 25th onwards, and Arvind Kejriwal along with Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai will be going on a fast-unto-death from 25th July onwards at Jantar Mantar.

IAC Goa Chapter has committed to support the said agitation by doing a “Dharna” at Azad Maidan in Panaji on Wednesday, 25th July, starting from 10 am. Future actions across Goa will be announced at this dharna in Panaji. IAC Goa has also been campaigning for a strong Lokayukta in Goa. Despite promises by the Chief Minister to appoint a Lokayukta within 100 days of being elected, we are yet to see significant progress on this front. At the pace with which the process is moving, IAC Goa wonders if Goans will see a Lokayukta in place even within the next 100 days

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