Ahmednagar, Oct 12 (ANI): Veteran social activist and anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare has threatened to launch another hunger strike if the Jan Lokpal Bill is not passed during Parliament's Winter Session.
Hazare demanded that the village council should have jurisdiction over district officials and have the power to question them on dereliction of duty.
"There is need for Lokayukta in every state. The government must ensure this alongside enactment of the Lokpal. Further, I would say the local bodies at the village-level must be given more power to such an extent that the village-level council could question the state and district official for dereliction of duties. If the government fails to address these issues, I will once again go on hunger strike," Hazare told the media here.
He even questioned the ruling government's intention to ensure a corruption-free India, as it had failed to introduce an effective ant-graft bill to combat corruption so far.
The anti-graft legislation is seen as a weapon to root out corruption and nepotism from the government machinery and in public life.
The proposed Bill envisages the setting up of a national anti-corruption watchdog to check financial mismanagement and corrupt practices that have deeply pervaded several democratic and civic institutions of India. (ANI)
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