NAC member regrets hurdles, betrayals over food security bill

Addressing a public convention against corruption here, the noted social activist also favoured a strong Lokpal Bill and said a “reasoned debate with open mind” is needed for it.
“I feel the way the food security bill faced hurdles and betrayals, it can also be called an instance of corruption. Pro-rich legislations and schemes have a smoother journey.”

Roy said discussions have began on Lokpal Bill and she hopes for an effective law that will be able to fight “big crimes and big scams”.

Writer-activist Arundhati Roy said there is need for a strong Lokpal but it should not turn into a “unaccountable undemocratic institution”.

She said during Anna Hazare’s recent movement, corruption was only projected as a “moral issue and not a political one” and that the Gandhian leader, by lauding Narendra Modi’s development model, raised a question whether the choice is between “incorruptible fascists and corrupt democracts”.

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