Come, support the Jan Lokpal

Anna Hazare will launch a refrendum on Bill on July 21


Danish Raza | July 15, 2011

If you are for a strong Lokpal bill and want to do your bit, this is your chance. Starting July 21 (the coming Thursday), Team Hazare will launch a referendum on the Lokpal issue and is inviting volunteers for the same.

The team has launched a country wide sms campaign to call people who want to be associated with the four day field survey.

“Kya aap poore 4 din, 21- 24 July tak Anna Hazare ke andolan me field survey ke liye volunteer kar sakte hain? Hann, to apna naam aur area wapis sms kare (Can you volunteer for four days, 21- 24 July for a field survey in Anna Hazare’s campaign? If yes, sms your name and area),” reads the sms from the number 9212472681.

Around 25, 000 people from Delhi have already joined the campaign as volunteers.

“We have got positive response from 10 people from outside Delhi,” said a member of India Against Corruption (IAC), the NGO behind the Jan Lokpal Bill.

As part of the survey, the volunteers will approach houses and shops in their respective areas and distribute OMR forms (a copy of the form is attached with this story). There will be one form for each adult member of the family. “The volunteers will not inform or brief the families in any manner. They will collect the forms the next day,” said the IAC member.

Team Anna will do a dry-run of the survey on Saturday and Sunday before the Thursday launch.

The Delhi leg of the survey is expected to be launched from Chandni Chowk area -- the constituency of Kapil Sibal, union minister for human resources development and a government representative in the joint drafting committee on Lokpal Bill who has vehemently opposed many key points made by the civil society.

The survey, which was supposed to begin today, was postponed due to serial blasts in Bombay.

The Hazare camp also plans to write to 200 eminent citizens asking them to support their version of the Lokpal bill. The list of 200 includes citizens from various walks of life such as journalists, scientists, lawyers and people from the civil society.

The plan to mobilize masses comes to in the wake of the government and civil society failing to reach on a consensus on key issues regarding the anti-graft body.

The two sides could not break the deadlock in the eight meetings they held in the capital’s North Block.

However, the government has assured that it will pass the bill in the monsoon session of parliament.

The draft of the bill which will be out before the cabinet for discussion has the views of both the sides on key issues.

The civil society representatives have already met leaders of various political parties to lobby for their draft of the bill.




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