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Govt puts Lokpal on hold till next yr

Says Upper House will consider the bill in budget session; Oppn takes up cudgels against govt over hold-up, HT reports.

delhi Updated: Dec 20, 2012 02:49 IST
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The highly publicised anti-graft Lokpal bill will not become a reality till next year with the government on Wednesday making it clear that it would take up the bill in Rajya Sabha during the budget session of Parliament.

Following a protest by the opposition in the House over the government's failure to take up the Lokpal bill during this session, minister of state for personnel V Narayanasamy assured it would be taken up during the next session.

Deputy chairperson PJ Kurien had to intervene on several occasions to pacify the agitated members and restore order in the House.

“Government will bring it (Lokpal Bill) in the budget session with required amendments as given by the select committee. Then the House can consider it,” he said.

The statement came after leader of the opposition Arun Jaitley supported the protest by KN Balagopal and P Rajeeve (both CPM) for not placing the select committee report before the House for a discussion.

“The Lokpal bill was referred to the select committee of the House and not a standing committee. The report has come...It is the property of the House. Fixing a time for the select committee report to be taken up for debate and consideration of the House is prerogative of the Chair,” Jaitley said.

Explaining the government's position, Narayanasamy said, “The select committee had submitted its report after the Parliament session had started. It was sent to law ministry for consideration and it has given its approval. We are now taking the report to the cabinet now.”

The controversial bill, which was passed by Lok Sabha last year, faced opposition hurdle in the Rajya Sabha on various provisions. In view of the sharp divide, the bill was referred to the select committee.