What is the Lokpal Bill?

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The Lokpal Bill, also known as the Citizen's Ombudsman Bill, is a proposed anti-corruption bill. In 1972, the bill was proposed by the then law minister, Shanti Bhushan. Since then it has been neglected by politicians. Anna Hazare, an anti-corruption crusader, has been protesting for the implementation of this bill. The bill will form an autonomous authority that will make politicians and bureaucrats accountable for their deeds. There will also be a body with a chairperson, who is or was a Chief Justice of India, and eight other members. This body will investigate corruption cases in the country. The bill also seeks power to prosecute politicians and bureaucrats without government permission. The bill expects to create a system where a corrupt person, if and when found guilty, would go to jail within two years and his/her illegal wealth would be confiscated. The entire functioning of the Lokpal body will be transparent and citizens will be allowed to file a complaint against any officer, which will then be investigated. To know more about the Lokpal Bill, log on to tinyurl.com/3eza786