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Lokpal Bill essential: Ravi Shankar

india Updated: Jul 24, 2011 11:46 IST
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Indian spiritual leader Shri Shri Ravi Shankar has said an effective Lokpal Bll is the need of the hour to resolve many of the existing anomalies of the Indian society.

Talking to reporters here on Saturday, Ravi Shankar said: "Lokpal (Ombudsman) bill is very essential, everyday many scams are coming to the limelight, so its formulation is the need of the hour. It is not only required but sort of an awareness should be created among the people and we are trying to create a corruption free society and want a spiritual, religious society and we are trying our best to work on it."

He said the entire country stands against corruption and black money.

"Tell me who is not standing against black money and corruption and tell me the name of a single person who would not stand against these," he added.

The government had appointed the joint drafting committee of the Lokpal Bill in April after anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare had gone on an indefinite hunger strike in New Delhi.

The Lokpal Bill is an anti-graft bill and is seen as a weapon to root out corruption from the government machinery.

Graft has long been a part of daily life, but a series of recent scandals - which include violations in granting telecom licences that cost the country 1.72 lakh crore (39 billion dollars) in lost revenue-have triggered a fierce public and political outcry against an embarrassed government.