Lokpal Bill to be delayed further

Likely to be tabled in RS during the Budget Session

The Lokpal Bill will be delayed further with the government on Wednesday saying that the bill will be tabled in the Rajya Sabha during the Budget Session with required amendments following the report of the select committee.

Announcing this the Upper House, Minister of State for Personnel V Narayansamy said “The government has to take the Cabinet into confidence. The 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 minister’s statement came after leader of the opposition Arun Jaitley supported the protest by K N Balagopal and P Rajeeve (both CPM) for not placing the report of the select committee before the House for discussion. “The Lokpal Bill was referred to the select committee and not the 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.

 Narayanasamy said, “The select committee had submitted its report after the Parliament session had started. It was sent to the law ministry for consideration and it has given its approval. We are taking the report to the Cabinet for getting the amendments approved."The much hyped bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha last year, faced opposition hurdle in the Rajya Sabha on various provisions, including the one making it mandatory for states to set up Lokayuktas.  

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