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Monday, July 4, 2011

LOK PAL BILL: Government confident of introducing Lokpal Bill in Monsoon Session!


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PTI / The Hindu / NEW DELHI, July 4, 2011.

An activist holds placard in favour of Jan Lokpal Bill in Hyderabad. File Photo: Mohammed Yousuf
An activist holds placard in favour of Jan Lokpal Bill in Hyderabad. File Photo: Mohammed Yousuf.

Although the Bill will be tabled in the Monsoon Session, there is little hope that it will be passed in the same session.
With majority of political parties batting for Parliamentary supremacy on the Lokpal Bill, government on Monday expressed confidence that a consensus will emerge on the issue and the draft legislation would be introduced in Parliament in the upcoming Monsoon Session.

“We are very happy with the outcome of the all party meeting yesterday... we are confident we can take the process forward to bring the Bill in the Monsoon Session and pass it as soon as possible,” Home Minister P. Chidambaram said here.

He pointed out that on Sunday’s all party meeting emphasised the primacy of the Parliamentary process and the role of political parties to pilot and approve legislations.

Mr. Chidambaram’s remarks reflected a sense of relief in the government which was so far battling the civil society led by Anna Hazare on the Lokpal issue alone while receiving flak from Opposition parties on the issue of corruption.

“We will therefore bring a Bill in the Monsoon Session of Parliament. That Bill will be examined. Every effort will be made to pass the Bill at the earliest. But that will depend on the members of Parliament and their desire to follow established procedures,” Mr. Chidambaram said.

Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal made it very clear that the government had promised to bring the Lokpal Bill in the Parliament in the Monsoon Session but there was no commitment on the timeline of passing the same.

Introducing is not enough; the Government of the day is also responsible in bringing a consensus among all the political parties and as well getting the bill passed in the Parliament!


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