Par panel will decide next week on inclusion of PM
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Last Updated: Sunday, November 27, 2011, 21:19
  
New Delhi: The Parliamentary Panel going into the Lokpal Bill will take a call on the issue of inclusion of Prime Minister in the anti-corruption watchdog at its meeting this week, its chairman Abhishek Singhvi said today.

"We have to discuss the issue in the next meeting," Singhvi said adding,"we are now at the stage of report adoption and we hope to complete the work within this week".

Singhvi said 25 issues including those concerning media, corporates, NGOs, lower bureaucracy and citizens grievances have been "comprehensively dealt with" in the subtantive report.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel and Law and Justice scrutinising the Lokpal Bill had on November 24 ended its internal deliberations with "broad consensus" on most of the issues including giving constitutional status to Lokpal.

Asked whether the report will satisfy everyone, Singhvi said "we are not here to satisfy everyone or anyone. We are here to satisfy our conscience and the nation".

The panel has been asked to give its report by December 7. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kuman Bansal has already indicated that the government plans to bring the bill in the last week of the current session of Parliament which concludes on December 21.

A consensus on the inclusion of the Prime Minister under the ambit of Lokpal has so far eluded the panel with members sharply divided on the issue.

The panel is preparing to circulate the draft report of its recommendations to the members in the next few days.

Team Anna had earlier expressed surprise at the move to exclude Citizen's Charter and lower bureaucracy from the ambit of the ombudsman, saying it was contrary to a Parliament resolution.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, November 27, 2011, 21:19


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