The lokpal bill draft made public on Friday tried to strike a balance between opposing views, but could not impress Anna Hazare, who is determined to launch a fresh agitation.
The government asked Hazare and his team to wait for Parliament to pass the bill before taking any such step, but Hazare is determined on his Sunday sit-in at the Capital’s Jantar Mantar.
Within minutes of the report being tabled, Hazare, in his village, said, “The standing committee has fooled the public. Their report does not help in fighting corruption.” He renewed his demands for bringing the lower bureaucracy under the lokpal and making citizens’ charter a part of the same bill.
The government is considering bringing the prime minister — with safeguards — and also Group C employees under the lokpal. “People can give their views, but Parliament takes the decision,” said parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal.
After tabling the bill, the government immediately got down to analysing the 286-page report, since it has only nine working days left to get the bill cleared by the cabinet and then get it passed by Parliament.
Chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on law and justice, Abhishek Singhvi, said the report was prepared in a record time of less than three months.
Team Anna’s Arvind Kejriwal said, “The committee had 30 members. Two never attended the meetings and 17 dissented. This report is supported by the remaining 12. Seven are from the Congress, Lalu Prasad, Amar Singh and the rest from the BSP. This is the credibility.”