Fresh from his successful fast to ensure the Lokpal Bill is passed by the Parliament, social crusader Anna Hazare has announced that he will now concentrate on ensuring effective implementation of regulation of government servants’ transfers act, citizens’ charter and empowering gramsabhas.
In a letter sent to state Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan today Hazare said, he could not focus on ensuring effective implementation of the ‘Maharashtra government servants, regulation of transfers and prevention of delays in discharge of official duties Act 2005’ (notified in 2006), as he was preoccupied with the Lokpal Bill.
‘However, I have now decided to concentrate my energies on enforcement of the act and if needed launch a state-wide agitation if things do not improve. I will send you another letter to remind you of the issue before deciding on the agitation,’ Hazare said in the letter. He said he mobilised people and pursued the matter of the said act for over six years. However, lack of will on part of the government has hindered its effective enforcement.
‘I wonder how many government officers and ministers know that such an act exists in Maharashtra,’ he said, adding that its effective immplementation would help curb corruption in the state to a great extent.
Hazare has urged CM Chavan to conduct a review meeting of ministers and officials concerned to see if the gramsabhas have been given additional powers as envisaged in the 2006. Expressing concern about delays in government offices Hazare said, ‘officials can be pulled up if there is delay in discharge of officials duties. Information technology has progressed so much that top officials can monitor the number of applications received from people and action taken in the matter online.’
But this has not happened due to lack of will, he added. He also pointed out that it was mandatory for every government office to put up boards detailing the citizens charter so that people know the time frames for getting work done.
However not may offices have put up such boards, he said. Meawhile, Hazare said he would not be able to attend the oath ceremoy of Arvind Kejriwal which is scheduled to be held tomorrow at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi due to health reasons. ‘I am not keeping well over the past week and therefore will not able to participate in the fuction,’ he said.