Lokpal Bill Draft Panel to Meet Today
The joint drafting committee comprising five union ministers and social activist Anna Hazare's representatives will meet here today to take forward the latest version of the Jan Lokpal Bill to combat corruption. The meeting, to be held at 4.30pm in North Block, is likely to see some progress in drafting of the anti-graft bill.
The Committee has five union ministers and five social activists on the panel. Both the government and civil society have exchanged the drafts of the proposed legislation prepared by them and held discussions on several major issues in the second meeting. The next two meetings are scheduled for May 23 and May 30.
The first meeting of the joint committee was held April 16 when a modified draft of the Jan Lokpal Bill, the activist's version of the anti-graft legislation, was presented to the government.
This bill has taken 40 years, still not passed by our elected representatives. We had different government in power, but none wanted this to come up as this would be the biggest hurdle for the corrupt politicians.
- The Lokpal bill is an outcome of the findings of the Santhanam Committee for the Prevention of Corruption in 1966.
- Every political party has included the Lokpal bill issue in their election manifesto, but none has implemented it.
- In 2004 our current Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh had promised on this issue, but still nothing has happened.