Govt plans to introduce Lokpal Bill soon

With Lokpal Bill again in focus following the stunning electoral debut by AAP and another round of indefinite fast by Anna Hazare, Government on Tuesday said it wants to introduce the anti-corruption bill in the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament.

The Lok Sabha had passed the Bill last December but the Rajya Sabha could not clear it following opposition to certain provisions of the bill, including the one making it mandatory for states to set up Lokayuktas.

Minister of State for Personnel V Narayanasamy, who has piloted the bill, blamed the opposition for not allowing the House to function smoothly for the bill to be introduced.

"As far as the Lokpal bill is concerned, I have given notice to Chairman Rajya Sabha for taking up the Lokpal Bill. Government is taking all sincere steps to pass the Lokpal bill," he told reporters.

The Government is ready to debate and discuss and then pass the Lokpal Bill, he said.

His comments came as Hazare began his latest hunger strike in Ralegan Siddhi demanding a strong Lokpal law and the stunning electoral performance of AAP.

In its manifesto, the AAP had promised that it would pass the Jan Lokpal Bill in Delhi within 15 days of assuming power, if voted to office.

Narayanasamy said the Government has accepted some of the recommendations given by Select Committee of Rajya Sabha.

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