Support Anna Hazare - Sign the petition to the PM - http://www.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_anna_hazare/96.php Social activist Anna Hazare said he would sit on a fast on April 5 in Delhi for introduction of the Lokpal Bill to check corruption. Hazare, while addressing a public meeting at Kalidas auditorium last evening, appealed people to participate in 'jail bharo' agitation in protest against rising corruption and incidents of violence on April 12. The anti-corruption crusader surprised many, especially in the background of his Gandhian ways of protest, when he said that his aims of uprooting corruption will never succeed on the line of Mahatma's thinking and people should instead adopt ways of Maratha king Shivaji. Describing his April 5 fast as the "second battle for freedom," the social activist asked youths to come forward. He said that people should undertake fast in front of offices at gram panchayats, tehsils, collectorates and submit memorandum demanding passage of Lokpal Bill. Describing his meeting with the Prime Minister held in the first week of March as "without any results", Hazare said "If Lokpal bill is passed, we will be able to finish corruption and goondaism," Hazare said. He said that he was awaiting the government's response regarding Lokpal Bill till April 4 before going on fast the next day. Anna Hazare to fast in Delhi in support of Lokpal Bill A look at the salient features of Jan Lokpal Bill: 1. An institution called LOKPAL at the centre and LOKAYUKTA in each state will be set up 2. Like Supreme Court and Election Commission, they will be completely independent of the governments. No minister or bureaucrat will be able to influence their investigations. 3. Cases against corrupt people will not linger on for years anymore: Investigations in any case will have to be completed in one year. Trial should be completed in next one year so that the corrupt politician, officer or judge is sent to jail within two years. 4. The loss that a corrupt person caused to the government will be recovered at the time of conviction. 5. How will it help a common citizen: If any work of any citizen is not done in prescribed time in any government office, Lokpal will impose financial penalty on guilty officers, which will be given as compensation to the complainant. 6. So, you could approach Lokpal if your ration card or passport or voter card is not being made or if police is not registering your case or any other work is not being done in prescribed time. Lokpal will have to get it done in a month's time. You could also report any case of corruption to Lokpal like ration being siphoned off, poor quality roads been constructed or panchayat funds being siphoned off. Lokpal will have to complete its investigations in a year, trial will be over in next one year and the guilty will go to jail within two years. 7. But won't the government appoint corrupt and weak people as Lokpal members? That won't be possible because its members will be selected by judges, citizens and constitutional authorities and not by politicians, through a completely transparent and participatory process. 8. What if some officer in Lokpal becomes corrupt? The entire functioning of Lokpal/ Lokayukta will be completely transparent. Any complaint against any officer of Lokpal shall be investigated and the officer dismissed within two months. 9. What will happen to existing anti-corruption agencies? CVC, departmental vigilance and anti-corruption branch of CBI will be merged into Lokpal. Lokpal will have complete powers and machinery to independently investigate and prosecute any officer, judge or politician. 10. It will be the duty of the Lokpal to provide protection to those who are being victimized for raising their voice against corruption.