‘Bring NGOs, corporates, media in Lokpal ambit’

A Parliamentary panel began examining the Lokpal Bill with presentations from a section of the civil society.

New Delhi: A Parliamentary panel on Friday began
examining the Lokpal Bill with presentations from a section of
the civil society and demands from members for inclusion of
NGOs, corporate houses and the media in the ambit of the

The Central Vigilance Commissioner Pradeep Kumar was
scheduled to make a presentation before the Parliamentary
Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and
Justice but it had to be deferred as the deposition by civil
society members stretched on for long hours.

Activists Aruna Roy, Shekhar Singh and Nikhil Dey under
the aegis of National Campaign for Peoples` Right to
Information (NCPRI) briefed the Committee on their version of
the Lokpal Bill.

They were of the opinion that Lokpal Bill alone would not
suffice to check corruption and other legislations including
the Judicial Accountability Bill, Public Grievances Bill, and
the Whistleblowers Protection Bill.

Jayprakash Narayan of Loksatta Party also made a
presentation of his version of the Lokpal Bill before the
Committee and stressed that the Centre can enact a law to set
up Lokayukta in states.

He also favoured that the Central Vigilance Commission
can be integrated with the Lokpal.

RJD`s Lalu Prasad and other members underlined the
supremacy of Parliament which was agreed to by Roy and

A section of the Committee including Meenakshi Natarajan
(Cong) are understood to have favoured inclusion of the
corporate sector in the ambit of the Lokpal.


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