Civil society hails deal between govt and Hazare

The breakthrough in the battle of attribution between the two sides came in the wee hours of the day after top aides of Mr Hazare met Delhi Police Commissioner BK Gupta and reached an agreement

New Delhi: Civil society activists on Thursday hailed the agreement between the government and Anna Hazare for holding his fast at Ramlila Maidan and demanded that the Jan Lokpal Bill at least be brought to Parliament which could take a call on it, reports PTI.

Expressing happiness at the turn of events, close associate of Mr Hazare and former law minister Shanti Bhushan said the decision to allow Mr Hazare to fast for 15 days showed that his demands were reasonable and that the government should bring in a new Lokpal Bill after consulting the social activist.

"I am very happy that ultimately good sense has prevailed on the government and it has agreed to permit Anna to fast for 15 days and that shows that Anna was never unreasonable in his demands," Mr Bhushan said.

He said the whole country knows that Mr Hazare has maintained that if not 100%, 60%-65% of corruption would be stopped through a strong Lokpal.

Swami Agnivesh hailed the decision to allow Mr Hazare's fast at Ramlila Maidan as a 'victory' of the people in the campaign against corruption.

"It is gratifying to note that government has relented and allowed the fast by Mr Hazare without any conditions and at the chosen venue of Ramlila Maidan," he said.

Activist Arvind Kejriwal, expressing happiness over the decision, said the battle has just begun and they are 'prepared for it'.

Lawyer and Hazare team member Prashant Bhushan said their demand is that government should at least table the Jan Lokpal Bill in Parliament.

"Our demand is very clear. The government should at least table the Jan Lokpal Bill in Parliament. Once it is tabled then, let Parliament take a call on that.

"Fasting is a means of arousing conscience of the people, authorities and the government. Even if the government's conscience is not aroused, the conscience of the common man is being aroused given the fact that millions of people are supporting the movement," he said.

Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy welcomed the agreement between government and Team Anna. "In a democracy, there has to be give and take when negotiations take place without sacrificing fundamentals. Then there will always be another day to take up other left out demands. This is the Gandhian way."

Shanti Bhushan also said that Team Hazare has never contested Parliament's authority to pass laws. "What we are saying is that Parliament should pass a bill in accordance with the aspirations of the people."

He said the Team Hazare wants a 'strong' Lokpal which will be accountable to Supreme Court. "If there is any complaint against any member of Lokpal then the Supreme Court will look into it."

After two nights in Tihar Jail and hard bargaining, Mr Hazare and government reached an agreement early this morning under which Delhi Police removed all restrictions and allowed him to carry out his hunger strike for a fortnight in the spacious Ramlila Maidan.

The breakthrough in the battle of attribution between the two sides came in the wee hours of the day after top aides of Mr Hazare met Delhi Police Commissioner BK Gupta and reached an agreement.

The deal marks a major climb-down from government and police's earlier insistence that the fast would be allowed at JP Park, a smaller venue, only for three days with maximum of 5,000 protesters besides a number of other conditions.

User

2G scam: ED issues notice to two Loop telecom firms

The ED had earlier slapped various charges of FEMA violations on Loop Mobile India and Loop Telecom and the adjudicating authority now has accepted the complaints filed by the investigators of the case

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued show-cause notices to two Loop telecom firms for alleged violation of foreign exchange laws to the tune of about Rs384 crore in connection with the second generation (2G) scam.

The directorate had earlier slapped various charges of FEMA violations on Loop Mobile India and Loop Telecom and the adjudicating authority now has accepted the complaints filed by the investigators of the case, ED sources said.

The adjudicating authority in this case is the special director of ED based in the national capital.

The ED has already filed complaints to the tune of over Rs4,300 crore against top telecom firms allegedly involved in the scam, they said.

User

COMMENTS

RNandakumar

5 years ago

Now that ED has confirmed the crime by Karunanidhi's family members it should see to that 60% stake holder too is behind bars. Additionally attachment procedures should begin in right earnest to recover the said sum from the culprits.

Top Indian firms lack corporate responsibility strategy: KPMG survey

The report said although corporate responsibility seems to be in the experimental phase in India as of now, it is likely to see a significant progress in both the number of reporters and quality of information reported, in the coming years

New Delhi: Amid increasing focus on business transparency, a survey has said that only 16% of the top 100 listed firms in India have a corporate responsibility strategy (CR) in place, reports PTI.

Corporate reporting is in a nascent stage among leading Indian firms, and companies have “minimal clarity when it comes to choosing projects to be involved in”, according to KPMG India Corporate Responsibility Survey 2011.

The global scenario is much brighter, as 73% of the world’s 250 largest companies have defined objectives, 65% have key performance indicators related to set objectives and around 60% report on such identified indicators.

The top drivers for Indian companies reporting corporate responsibility, in terms of revenue ,are ‘strengthening reputation and brand’ and ‘ethical considerations’, while ‘cost savings’, ‘economic considerations’, ‘innovation and learning’ and ‘employee motivation’ rank very low in the drivers list.

However, for global companies, ‘economic considerations’ and ‘innovation and employee motivation’ are major drivers.

“Most companies start with a ‘me too’ approach with a focus on developing a good enough report. But during the journey many realise the benefits of embedding sustainability in terms of managing stakeholder expectations, finding alternative solutions to raw materials and fuels, designing benign products and services,” KPMG India director, advisory-climate change and sustainability services Arvind Sharma said.

Meanwhile, climate change has emerged as one of the most important global corporate responsibility issue amid pressure from media, consumers, investors, NGOs and the government.

Interestingly, only 23% of top 100 Indian firms report on the business risk of climate change, while, 26% report on the business opportunities related to it.

“It is an indication that the companies are focused on short-term goals and have not initiated focused actions towards addressing this issue in the longer term,” KPMG said.

The survey further said that companies are willing to seek third party opinion on their reports with 52% of reports being externally assured.

“It is interesting to note that most reports are externally assured and find value in third party opinion, especially from professional services firms such as KPMG.

This trend shows that companies are willing to change the way they run their business,” Mr Sharma added.

The report further said although corporate responsibility seems to be in the experimental phase in India as of now it is likely to see a significant progress in both the number of reporters and quality of information reported, in the coming years.

User

We are listening!

Solve the equation and enter in the Captcha field.
  Loading...
Close

To continue


Please
Sign Up or Sign In
with

Email
Close

To continue


Please
Sign Up or Sign In
with

Email

BUY NOW

The Scam
24 Year Of The Scam: The Perennial Bestseller, reads like a Thriller!
Moneylife Magazine
Fiercely independent and pro-consumer information on personal finance
Stockletters in 3 Flavours
Outstanding research that beats mutual funds year after year
MAS: Complete Online Financial Advisory
(Includes Moneylife Magazine and Lion Stockletter)