Union Cabinet clears Lokpal Bill amendments
New Delhi: The Union Cabinet has cleared amendments in Lokpal Bill on Thursday that would be presented in the Parliament in Budget Session starting next month. The Lokpal bill was passed by the Lok Sabha during the winter session of Parliament in 2011 but ran into hurdles in the Upper House. Several changes to the bill had been proposed by a Select Committee of the Rajya Sabha based on recommendations of the members.
The government has accepted 14 out of 16 amendments recommended by select committee on Lokpal, Union Minister V Narayanasami informed.
Earlier, Famous social activist Anna Hazare warned the government, saying that he would launch massive protest if satisfactory amendments were not made in the Lokpal Bill. Union Cabinet will meet on Thursday to discuss amendments that needed to be made in the existing Lokpal Bill draft. The Bill was cleared in Lok Sabha last year but got stuck in Rajya Sabha.
"Is the bill the government coming up with the one we demanded? How will they remove corruption? The government has goons that control villages," said Anna.
Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member Manish Sisodia, too, expressed doubts about the draft of the Lokpal Bill.
he amended Lokpal bill will make it mandatory for the states to set up their own lokayuktas, or anti-corruption ombudsmen, within a year of the bill coming into effect. Political parties will be brought under the Lokpal. Religious and charitable institutions, including non-governmental organisations aided by the government, will be exempted.
Congress on Wednesday said that it favoured passage of the Lok Pal Bill in the Budget Session of Parliament starting next month.