Govt working for foreign companies: Anna

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 09, 2012 02:55 hrs

Guwahati: Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare on Thursday said that the Indian government was making policies to help foreign companies, sidelining the interests of its citizens.

Addressing a national conclave organised by Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) for the issue of illegal immigration, land rights, anti-corruption and dam construction held in Guwahati, the veteran activist said that, India has not received "real independence".

"The government is making policy to help the foreign companies and inviting them into to the country," Hazare said.

Hazare accused to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh-led union government of having misled the people of India on the decision to implement FDI in retail.

"The government should have made policies for development of the farmers, people of India, but it has not, so we have to get ready for a second freedom struggle," the anti-corruption leader said.

Hazare said that, without development in its villages, India as country cannot progress.

The self-styled Gandhian also announced a nationwide movement for raising awareness against corruption and other issues from January in next year.

"I will visit all states from January in next year to campaign against the corruption and appeal to the people to wake up for their rights," Hazare said.

Hazare appealed to people to press the government to introduce a powerful Gram Sabha.

He appealed to the people to take a tough stance against graft and called for the introduction of the Jan Lokpal Bill before the next general election.

Meanwhile, Akhil Gogoi, leader of KMSS had gave a ultimatum of December 31, 2013 to the Assam state government for completing the update of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the state.

(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)

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