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‘Govt to bring Lokpal Bill in Winter Session’

Union Minister Salman Khurshid said the govt is committed to bringing the Lokpal Bill in the Winter Session of Parliament.

Nagpur: Union Minister Salman Khurshid on Saturday said the government is committed to bringing the Lokpal Bill
in the Winter Session of Parliament and sought a clarification
from Anna Hazare on the RSS claim that it was involved in the
Gandhian`s anti-corruption agitation.

"We are committed to bring the Bill during the winter as
per our understanding reached with Team Anna on three
important aspects - citizens` charter, bringing lower
bureaucracy under the ambit of the bill and appointment of
Lokayuktas in states on the lines of Lokpal at the Centre,"
the Union Law and Justice minister said at a `meet-the-press`
programme here.
On RSS` assertion about its participation in Hazare`s
anti-graft agitation in Delhi in August, Khurshid said it was
Team Anna`s turn to clarify on the claim made by the city-
based Sangh fountainhead which has been dismissed by Hazare.

Khurshid pleaded ignorance about the reported circulation
of a CD by Hazare supporters asking people to defeat Congress
in Hissar bypoll.

Khurshid termed as "impractical" Hazare`s demand for
arming citizens with the right to recall elected
The demand is "impractical" since elections are facing
poor voter turnout and government machinery comes to a
standstill once the code of conduct comes into force, he said.

The government is keen to bring a comprehensive bill to
cover civil society groups receiving government funding and
also private-public partnership ventures, he said.

He said the UPA government had enacted the Right to
Information Act (RTI) to empower citizens, but courts have
raised objections on certain aspects of the landmark law.

"Many judges complain to me about the demerits of RTI. We
have brought it, but we were not aware that it will be used to
attack us," Khurshid said.


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