Bring CMs under Lokpal: Sheila Dikshit

Amid hectic parleys between the Centre and Team Anna to break the deadlock over Lokpal Bill, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday suggested bringing the chief ministers under the ambit of the proposed law.

New Delhi: Amid hectic parleys between the
Centre and Team Anna to break the deadlock over Lokpal Bill,
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday suggested bringing
the chief ministers under the ambit of the proposed law.

"In order to ensure a corruption-free society, it would
be appropriate to broaden the jurisdiction of Lokpal by
bringing chief ministers under the ambit of the proposed
Lokpal," Dikshit said.

The government`s Lokpal Bill does not have provision for
bringing chief ministers under its ambit but the Jan Lokpal
suggests setting up of Lokayukta at state-level which would
cover chief ministers.

In a bid to support efforts to contain corruption, a
cabinet meeting presided by Dikshit also passed a resolution
"willing to enact/ or adopt a Lokpal Act in order to place a
strong and effective anti-corruption institution."

The city government has sent separate letters to Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and
Law Minister Salman Khurshid expressing its resolve supporting
steps being taken by the Centre to contain graft.

Dikshit expressed the hope that the stalemate over the
Lokpal Bill will soon be over as the union government and Team
Anna have started "constructive" discussions.

The Chief Minister appreciated the efforts of the Centre
as well as the civil society for brining an "effective and
strong" Lokpal Bill.

PTI

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