Monday, November 14, 2011

People with clean image to be inducted in team: Anna Hazare

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With Team Anna members coming under attack, Anna Hazare today said the core committee will be expanded but a "sharp eye" will be kept on new members so that people with only clean background are part of the movement. 


The 74-year-old activist said he will not pick just any one for the committee and a background check will be conducted before inducting new members. 


"One thing good about this agitation is that people have come forward. Thousands of people have come up. People are ready to join the protest. Now, we just have to search the people. We will find good people," he said after a meeting of the core committee here. 


"Now, we will keep a sharp check on all the new members of the committee. I won't pick just any," he said. 


"We have many people ready to serve, We will send our people to check their background. Will check if they have police case. A person of character will be chosen. A graduate, Muslim, Dalit, adivasi, all will be taken," he said. 


However, the number in the core committee will not go beyond 80, he said. 


His comments come close on the heels of Team Anna members facing flak after getting engulfed in a series of controversies including financial misconduct. 


Noting that the country runs on laws, he said, "If today Jan Lokpal comes, we also have to make other laws in future. By the time the country becomes corruption-free, we will have to make new and different laws". 


He said a meeting will be held in Delhi as soon as possible where the working committee will be selected. 


"We will do the selection of the working committee and we will also train them. Training is very important whether it is for two-three days but it is important. After training, our foundation will be strong. 


"We do not have any set agenda for the meeting but we got the link and we have discussed all this today," he said. 


Central vigilance commissioner supports Anna movement 


Meanwhile, in Delhi, hailing the anti-corruption movement spearheaded by Gandhian Anna Hazare, central vigilance commissioner Pradeep Kumar has said it depicts government's failure to create a honest and transparent mechanism to check graft. 


"India is presently going through an era of far reaching reforms in anti-corruption, prompted by popular anti- corruption movements," Kumar said in a global anti-graft international forum in Marrakech (Morocco) on October 22. 


Hazare movement is a "wake-up" call and it reflects the country's "inability in tackling the malaise of corruption", he said at the fifth annual conference of International Association of Anti-corruption Authorities. 


"Whether it is the revolution across the Arab world, the ongoing 'Occupy Wall Street' protests which has spread to 78 cities around the world or the Anna Hazare Movement... there is one common thread... failure of governments and corporations to create a system of fair, honest, transparent and market-based principles and practices," Kumar said 


His speech was posted on CVC website yesterday. On the issue of black money, Kumar stressed for greater political will and simplified legal and administrative procedures to bring them back from foreign off shores. 


"Differences in legal systems, high costs in coordinating investigations, inadequate international co-operation and bank secrecy laws have made the task (bringing back black money) difficult for the anti- corruption authorities. 


"Tracing, freezing, confiscation and then repatriation of stolen assets is a legal challenge. Managing the asset recovery investigation is complex, time consuming, costly and most importantly requires expertise and political will," he said.

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