Arvind Kejriwal appeals for complete transparency in drafting of Lokpal Bill

Social activist and member of Lokpal Bill drafting committee, Arvind Kejriwal, on Sunday appealed for complete transparency in the Bill drafting.

Last Updated: May 01, 2011, 23:58 PM IST

New Delhi: Social activist and member of Lokpal Bill drafting committee, Arvind Kejriwal, on Sunday appealed for complete transparency in the Bill drafting.

He was speaking on the sidelines of a rally organized by a non-governmental organisation, India Against Corruption (IAC) in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

In a bid to gather public support and suggestions in the draft of the anti-corruption law, the voluntary group is organizing nationwide rallies at various places in the country.

He said the five-member representatives of the civil society are trying their best to bring transparency in the drafting process.

“We do not want in this joint committee that we 10 members would sit inside the room and come up with a law. We rather wish that the whole process should be transparent. We have requested for a videography of the meeting, so that the public get to know what was going on inside,” Kejriwal said.

He also ensured that the people of India would succeed in their campaign against corruption.

“We are small people. We do not have money or man-power. We are small people. We have only one thing, our truth and honesty. We have confidence that at the end only truth wins,” he said.

The Central government had issued a notification on April 9 to appoint a drafting committee of the Bill after five days of indefinite hunger strike by veteran social activist Anna Hazare.

The panel consists of 10 members, five each from the government and the civil society, which includes Hazare, Kejriwal, lawyers Shanti and Prashant Bhushan and former Supreme Court judge Santosh Hegde.

The first sitting of the draft panel of the Bill took place in New Delhi on April 16.

ANI