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Team Hazare will take bill to people for suggestions

Anna Hazare's team will reach out to the citizens of the country on issues where there is disagreement with the government on the proposed lokpal bill.

delhi Updated: Jun 10, 2011 00:17 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Anna Hazare's team will reach out to the citizens of the country on issues where there is disagreement with the government on the proposed lokpal bill.

With the political class not willing to accept the civil society's recommendation to include Prime Minister, higher judiciary and civil servants under the ambit of the lokpal, team Anna will be tell the citizens how it will hamper the fight against corruption.

A team member said although they will push the government on these key issues in the next meeting on June 15, citizens will also be made aware about the bill.

"Instead of the few government ministers, let the people of India decide what sort of lokpal they want," RTI activist and member of the joint drafting committee Arvind Kejriwal said.

For this, team Anna will be seeking response from people.

The civil society members are expected to come out with a detailed note on why it wants the Prime Minister, higher judiciary and officials of all ranks to be included in the ambit of the lokpal bill.

The government had resisted including PMO and higher judiciary under jurisdiction of the lokpal saying it will crumble the functioning of the two key institutions of India.

To counter the government claim the civil society members of joint drafting committee said the government to obliged to include all institutions under lokpal as per provisions of the UN Convention against Corruption, which has been recently ratified by India.

The UN convention provides for strong legislative instrument to fight corruption at all levels but does not prescribe the model of the institution.

"The convention requires that any public servant falling in the definition of public official is covered by this lokpal bill," Shanti Bhushan, the other co-chairperson of the committee told Pranab Mukherjee.

The civil society members will also make a presentation on all issues where there is difference of opinion with the government and will give instances for including the PM and judiciary under the umbrella of the bill.

Most civil society members expect the political brouhaha between them and the minister will scale down before the meeting and also looking forward to some concrete results. They have already announced that they will attend all meetings despite their differences.

HRD minister Kapil Sibal and RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal have been engaged in a war of words on the proceedings of the joint drafting committee so far.

On Wednesday, home minister P Chidambaram said the Central government was committed to drafting the lokpal bill by June 30.

"We are clearly committed to the goal that a bill will be drafted by June 30. I sincerely hope that the other five members of the Committee will return to the drafting committee's meeting," he said.

First Published: Jun 09, 2011 21:25 IST

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