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Friday, July 22, 2011

Lokpal Bill to be placed before Cabinet!

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PTI / The Hindu / NEW DELHI, July 22, 2011.

HRD Minister Kapil Sibal (right) with Home Minister P. Chidambaram before addressing a press conference on Lokpal Bill in New Delhi recently. The Lokpal Bill would be placed before the next Cabinet meeting, Mr. Sibal said on Friday. File photo
HRD Minister Kapil Sibal (right) with Home Minister P. Chidambaram before addressing a press conference on Lokpal Bill in New Delhi recently. The Lokpal Bill would be placed before the next Cabinet meeting, Mr. Sibal said on Friday. File photo - PTI.

The Government on Friday said the Lokpal Bill is ready and will be placed before the Union Cabinet for approval in its next meeting where a decision on whether to put the Prime Minister in its purview would also be taken.

“The Lokpal Bill is now ready and it will be moved to the Cabinet. It will be placed before the Cabinet in the next meeting. As promised by UPA-II, by this government, we shall introduce this Bill as soon as possible in the Monsoon session of Parliament,” Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal told reporters.

He maintained that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had made a promise to the nation on the Lokpal Bill and the government will deliver on that promise.

Asked if the Prime Minister would come within the ambit of the Lokpal as demanded by some political parties and civil society activists led by Anna Hazare, Mr. Sibal said, “Some suggestions were given during the all—party meeting. When the matter comes up before the Cabinet, the government will decide.”

He, however, clarified that the five ministers, including him, in the Joint Drafting Committee were still of the opinion that the Prime Minister should be kept out of the purview of the Lokpal.


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