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Parl panel adopts Lokpal Bill, Anna terms it 'wrong proposal'

The panel examining Lokpal Bill has finalised its draft amidst growing dissent from members, including three Congress MPs. However, Anna has rejected it saying lower bureaucracy should be brought under Lokpal and not under Lokayukta. The bill is likely to be taken up in Lok Sabha on Dec 19. We are not here to please Team Anna: Singhvi | Congress questions Anna's Gandhian credentials

delhi Updated: Dec 07, 2011 21:15 IST

Ratcheting up pressure on government on Lokpal issue, Anna Hazare on Wednesday questioned the Standing Committee's proposal to bring lower bureaucracy under the ambit of Lokayuktas, saying it was against the resolution passed by Parliament.

Hazare said he will campaign in five poll-bound states telling people that the UPA government has neither intention nor honesty in tackling corruption and so don't vote for them.

Demanding the passage of a strong Lokpal Bill in the ongoing session, he said the session should be extended if "there is no time" for bringing the law. "If there is less time, then extend the session.

"Constitution allows you to extend the session. If you have the will, you can do anything and you can pass it now. If you have the will, then what is the problem," he said.

He said, "they were telling us to honour Parliament. The same Parliament has passed a resolution. Why are you not honouring it? Why do you want it (lower bureaucracy) to leave it to states?"

Terming it as a "wrong" proposal, Hazare said lower bureaucracy should be brought under Lokpal and not under Lokayukta.

He said Parliament has given an assurance that Group C and D employees will be brought under Lokpal besides providing for Lokayuktas in states and Citizen's Charter.

Hazare noted that three Congress MPs have given dissent notes demanding inclusion of Group C employees under Lokpal and making CVC accountable to the ombudsman, key demands of Team Anna and wondered what was stopping the government providing for it as their own people were demanding it.

"If they are going to ignore our demands, then I will sit on a fast in Jantar Mantar on December 11 and then from December 27 in Ramlila Ground. I will tell people in five poll-bound states that the government has no intention of bringing this bill and ask them not to vote for them," he said.

Parliamentary panel adopts lokpal draft

A parliamentary committee on Wednesday adopted its report on the contentious Lokpal Bill leaving it to the wisdom of Parliament to decide on inclusion of Prime Minister in its ambit while Congress members gave dissenting notes demanding inclusion of Group C officials within its

BJP, BJD and Left members gave dissenting notes demanding inclusion of Prime Minister with some safeguards.

Three Congress members Deepa Dasmunshi, P T Thomas and Meenakshi Natarajan gave their dissent notes during today's final meeting demanding inclusion of Group C employees under Lokpal's purview and making CVC accountable to the ombudsman.

The final report keeps out Group C employees from the ambit of Lokpal. The report, without taking a position, also recommended three options on the issue of Prime Minister: his inclusion without exception and qualifications, inclusion with no exclusionary caveats but after demitting office and inclusion of the PM with exclusions on issues like national security and foreign affairs.

In all, a total of 16 notes of dissent are believed to have been submitted to the Committee by members of BJP, BJD, SP, Congress, LJP, RJD and Left parties.

Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel and Law and Justice Abhishek Manu Singhvi said after the meeting that the report is likely to be tabled in Parliament on December 9.

Sources in the government indicated that the Lokpal Bill could be passed by Parliament in the ongoing winter session.

(With inputs from PTI)

First Published: Dec 07, 2011 15:37 IST