Lok Pal Committee makes Last minute reversal of its decision by excluding Group C government employees. Lok Pal Committee is back to the starting point yet again. They have refused to include Group C employees within the ambit of the Lok Pal. A day ago the Committee had recommended the inclusion of almost 70 per cent of the government employees under the Lok Pal but it has suddenly taken a U-turn and now does not advocate the inclusion of Group C employees but only the Group A and B employees which consist of only the top-most bureaucrats. It is significant to note that these Group C staffs constitute 60 per cent of the government employees. Without the inclusion of this section of government officials, the Lok Pal will remain as a meaningless and toothless weapon in the hands of the people. The Committee reversed its decision within 24 hours of its last recommendation to include the Group C staffs.
This last-minute reversal of its earlier recommendations by the panel has invited vehement criticism from Team Anna. The main criticism leveled against this exclusion is that the common man’s life would remain the same. It is the corruption in the inferior levels of bureaucracy that affects a common man. If these officials remain outside the Lok Pal, no benefit would be achieved by the ‘aam aadmi’ whom the bill targets to confer benefits.
Report by Radhalakshmi R