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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

PM’s opening remarks at the all-party meeting on Lokpal!

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New Delhi: Following is the text of the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh's opening remarks at the All Party Meeting on Lokpal Bill:

"I welcome you all to this All Party Meeting on the Lokpal Bill, which is before the Standing Committee. In our last meeting on July 3, we all had agreed that we must enact a strong Lokpal Bill which can deal with the menace of corruption. During the meeting, two Lokpal Bills, one prepared by the official members of the Joint Drafting Committee, and the other, the Jan Lokpal Bill, were presented before you. The consensus that emerged was that the Government should bring a strong and effective Lokpal Bill in the coming Session of the Parliament for enactment by following the established legislative procedure.

The Government had accordingly prepared a Bill and introduced it in the Lok Sabha on 4 August, 2011. The Bill was referred to the Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice and it is being discussed in that Committee.

Meanwhile, Shri Anna Hazareji and his colleagues have continued to maintain their stand in support of the Jan Lokpal Bill. Shri Anna Hazareji went on fast at the Ramlila Maidan from 16 August to press for their demands.

I have personally stated the Government’s position in public on more than one occasion. We want a strong and effective Lokpal Bill. Accordingly, we would like the Standing Committee to consider all points of view to evolve a broad based national consensus to create a strong institution of the Lokpal.

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