July 30, 2011 3:15:39 am
The government will introduce the Lokpal Bill in the Lok Sabha during the first week of the Monsoon Session,Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal announced on Friday.
Bansal said the session was scheduled to begin on August 1 and he was hopeful of introducing the Bill on the second or the third day. In any case,it would be brought into the Lower House during the first week of the session.
It would be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee immediately, the minister said.
Bansal expressed inability to tell how long the panel would take to send its recommendations,but he could affirm that we would put up the Bill for a discussion in Parliament as soon as possible. In case the committee report was forthcoming in August,the government could facilitate the passage of the Bill in the monsoon session,he added.
When asked about Anna Hazares criticism of the Bill proposed by the government,Bansal said it was the view of just one section of civil society. He advised Hazare and his colleagues to respect the opinions of others too.
Referring to the demand made by Team Anna that all government employees should be brought under the purview of the Lokpal,Bansal said it meant covering 1.40 crore people. Which Lokpal would be able to function when required to deal with so many people? That was why the government had proposed placing only ministers and Class-A services under the Lokpal.
Regarding reports of promulgation of Section 144 in New Delhi district in the wake of Anna Hazares plan to go on an indefinite fast from August 16,the minister said the government was under an obligation to maintain law and order.
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