Lokpal report to be tabled in Parliament today
New Delhi, Dec 9 (ANI): The Parliamentary Standing Committee will table the Lok Bill report in Parliament on Friday.
The Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, had earlier on Wednesday said that the extensive report on the Lokpal Bill has been adopted and is ready to be tabled in both Houses of Parliament in very near future.
Singhvi said the report has been adopted subject to various dissent notes that will be faithfully reflected in the main report.
"Our journey as far as the Lokpal Bill is concerned appears to be over now. Today the adoption has been done. I expect to lay this in the very near future, probably on Friday before the Houses of Parliament," he said.
"The report has been adopted subject to various dissent notes, most of the dissent notes were submitted between last Wednesday, Thursday and today and there were some more dissent notes today by certain members. All dissent notes will be faithfully reflected in the table of contents and in the main report," he added.
Further giving details of the report, Singhvi said the report addresses 25 key issues.
"This report addresses some 25 odd issues. On a large number of issues there is convergence, on some issues there is divergence but on different issues there is different kind of divergence by different members, all is reflected," said Singhvi.
"One issue in particular has been left to the wisdom of parliament, after sketching out the options, we hope and trust that the intensity of our deliberations over a long period of time will prove productive for parliament to dwell on these issues and to finally pass a law which will be the most in the national interest," he added.
The government's draft of the ambitious bill-that aims to root out the decades-old corruption from India's civil and democratic institutions-has faced widespread criticism from across the national socio-political spectrum for being too 'weak'.
Moreover, veteran social activist Anna Hazare, who is fighting for a strong anti-graft bill, has reiterated his demand that the Centre should table and enact an effective Lokpal Bill that includes the lower cadres in government and other proposals suggested by the civil society members under the banner of India Against Corruption.
Issuing a stern warning to the Centre, Hazare has said that he would stage a one-day strike in New Delhi on December 11, if the tabled anti-graft bill reflected a weak institution of Lokpal.
The Jan Lokpal Bill is seen as a weapon to root out corruption and nepotism from the government machinery and in public life.
The proposed Bill envisages the setting up of a national anti-corruption watchdog to check financial mismanagement and corrupt practices that have deeply pervaded several democratic and civic institutions of India. (ANI)
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