Bring lower bureaucracy under Lokpal: Team Anna

Reacting to newspaper reports on the standing committee having taken decisions on some issues, Team Anna on Tuesday said: “We would appeal to the standing committee to reconsider their decision to keep Group C and Group D officials out. Where would a poor person, whose ration has been siphoned off, go? Almost Rs 30,000 crores worth of rations is siphoned off every year. And it is Group C and Group D officials who are involved in it.”

“A postman demands ten per cent bribe to give your money order. Postman is a Group D official. Where should victim of postman’s corruption go? Anna has been concerned about the corruption of a common man,” the team further said.

The team has, however, welcomed the reported decision of bringing in Group B officials under purview of Lokpal bill. It also welcomed decision of Parliamentary Panel “to provide for Lokayukta’s in states through the same bill.”

However, the team has criticised corruption of judges being kept out of the purview of the bill.

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