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India Inc extends support to Hazare, says sick of corruption

April 08
03:52 2011

Anna Hazare

NEW DELHI: India Inc today extended support to social activist Anna Hazare in his fight against corruption, stating it is “sick” of the menace.

“We support any such movement by anybody, including Ramdev and Anna Hazare, to reduce corruption soon… We are sick of corruption,” leading industrialist and Bajaj Auto Chairman Rahul Bajaj said.

Adi Godrej, the Chairman of the Godrej Group, also extended support to Hazare, who has been sitting on a fast-unto-death since Tuesday to press for an effective Lokpal Bill to deal with corruption in high places.

“Industry cannot go on streets. Yes, corporate India does support his cause. We are with him,” said Godrej.

Pointing out that corruption cannot disappear from India immediately, Bajaj lauded the efforts of Hazare, saying “something has to be done” about it.

Expressing similar views, the Director General of industry chamber Ficci, Rajiv Kumar, said, “We completely support Hazare in his fight against corruption, which has been denting India.”

Ficci, Kumar added, favours setting up of ombudsman-type institutions to deal with issues of corruption and governance.

Earlier, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today appealed to Hazare to end his hunger strike, which entered the fourth day today.

The government has already initiated talks with Hazare on formation of a joint committee to draft the Lokpal Bill, but failed to reach a consensus on some crucial aspects.

Three of the five demands raised by Hazare and his supporters have been met by the government. These are formation of a joint committee with five members each from government and civil society, immediate setting up of the panel and bringing the Bill in the Monsoon Session.

However, the government did not agree to the demand of issuing an official notification for the constitution of the committee.
“Certainly we are all concerned. All of us want to be part of this process of eradicating corruption… Personally, I am extremely supportive of what Anna Hazare is doing,” Biocon Limited Chairman and Managing Director Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw said.

The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) said that all the stakeholders need to come together to root out corruption from the system, even as indefinite hunger strike of social activist Anna Hazare entered its fourth day.

“All stakeholders including the government, officialdom and the civil society should sit together to devise the architecture to root out corruption,” IACC President Gautam Mahajan said.

-PTI

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