House session can be extended: Aruna Roy

House session can be extended: Aruna Roy

Aruna Roy

Roy, however, asserted that instead of passing the law in hurry or under pressure, the ideal process of law making should be followed.

“The Lokpal and Grievance Redressal Bill should be tabled in this session of Parliament. Process of law making should be followed, whether by extending the session or re-assemble after a brief recess as we have seen in the past,” Roy said here while speaking at an open forum organised by the National Campaign for Peoples Right to Information (NCPRI) on Grievance Redressal Bill.

Right to protest

Asked about the warning given by veteran Gandhian Anna Hazare to go on indefinite fast if Parliament doesn’t pass anti-graft law during the ongoing winter session, she said:
“Everyone in this country is free to protest whenever he/she wants”. The open forum organised to highlight various aspects related to the grievance redressal mechanism was also attended by leaders from different political parties. Most of the leaders agreed that Grievance Redressal Bill should be a separate law rather then being under the Lokpal as demanded by Team Anna.

BJP leader Prakash Javadekar said his party does not want a “maha” bureaucracy and that the Grievance Redress Bill must be separate from the Lokpal. He said that the BJP was in agreement with NCPRI’s demand for  separate legislation to redress peoples’ grievances.

Congress MP Sandeep Dixit said the law must be kept separate from the Lokpal. Meanwhile, speaking on the issue of Anna Hazare's protest, JD(U) leader, Shivanand Tiwary said that Parliament’s dignity should be respected and agitations and fasts should not be used to put deadlines on debates for important legislations.

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