Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare’s call for a three-day Jail Bharo Andolan from December 30 to January 1 had 1,390 citizens signing up on Thursday, the first day of the registration.
People can register through SMS, phone call or go online.
“We started the registration on Thursday afternoon and are receiving a good response. The registration number is going up by the minute,” said Mayank Gandhi, India Against Corruption’s (IAC) Mumbai coordinator. “Our volunteers will also go around informing people at railway stations and in colleges about how to register.”
Most of the registrations — 1,100 — were received through SMS.
Volunteers said the response is coming in from varied section of people who hope to rid the country of corruption by means of a strong Jan Lokpal Bill.
“Corruption has become rampant in our nation. It has seeped in everywhere and everyone is affected by it. It’s our duty to get rid of it and make this nation a better place to live in for the next generation. I see hope in Jan Lokpal Bill so I am willing to go to any extent to support it,” said Dr Prabha Atre, a classical vocalist from Mahim who has registered for the Andolan.
Several supporters said the Lokpal Bill presented in Parliament is just eyewash and that through the Jail Bharo Andolan they want to convey the message to the government that people want a strong Bill.
“Looking at the rising number of scams in the country, we see hope only in the Jan Lokpal Bill, for which the government is not cooperating. We want to show the government that we want the Bill no matter what, even if we need to go to jail for it,” said Anik Gadia, a businessman from Goregaon who has registered on Thursday.
“All of us are affected by corruption at some level or the other. By participating in the jail bharo agitation, I want to show the government that a huge number of people are affected by corruption in society today,” said Ramya K, a Matunga resident and bank executive.