Drafting committee on Lokpal Bill likely to meet next week

The newly-constituted joint drafting committee comprising ministers and civil society activists to prepare the draft Lokpal Bill is likely to meet next week.

Last Updated: Apr 09, 2011, 14:40 PM IST

New Delhi: The newly-constituted joint
drafting committee comprising ministers and civil society
activists to prepare the draft Lokpal Bill is likely to meet
next week.

"The first meeting is slated for April 16. Of course
it is a tentative schedule as we will have to ensure the
availability of members," Law Minister M Veerappa Moily, who
is also the Convenor of the panel, said here on Saturday.

When asked whether the government has blinked by
issuing a gazette notification, he said the formation of the
joint committee should not be seen as a victory for one party
and defeat of the other.

"We need to work together for a national cause... there
are no differences between the government and the civil
society. The common cause is to bring the Lokpal Bill," Moily
said.

The minister also maintained that the Congress party
was never averse to mass movements as "after all Congress too
is a result of mass movement".

He said Congress president Sonia Gandhi has already
given a "clarion call" to fight corruption during the Congress
Plenary recently.

"After she spoke against corruption, Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh had set up a Group of Ministers to deal with
the issue of corruption... it was a quick response... nobody can
suspect the intention of either the party or the government in
dealing with the menace of corruption," he said.

PTI