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‘Lokpal Bill to be introduced in current session’

With pressure mounting on the Centre for enacting a strong anti-graft legislation, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said the Lokpal Bill will "certainly" be introduced in the Winter Session of Parliament.



Chennai: With pressure mounting on the
Centre for enacting a strong anti-graft legislation, Home
Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said the Lokpal Bill will
"certainly" be introduced in the Winter Session of Parliament.

"Lokpal Bill will certainly be introduced in the ongoing
Parliament session", Chidambaram said at a function to
celebrate Congress president Sonia Gandhi`s 66th birthday.

Team Anna has stepped up pressure on the UPA government for
passing the bill in the current session and threatened to
intensify protests, including an indefinite fast by Anna
Hazare, if it was not done.

Besides Lokpal Bill, Chidambaram said a host of other
bills, including the Food Security Bill, would be introduced
in the session.

"I hope the draft Food Security Bill will be cleared in the
Cabinet on Monday," he said.

Claiming that the UPA government has implemented
progressive schemes and legislations, he said all these
measures were borne out of the UPA chairperson`s vision. "The
progressive steps taken by her need to be celebrated", he
said.

Before implementing a progressive scheme, she discusses
the pros and cons of the measures and once decided, there is
"no going back" (by her), Chidambaram said.

Earlier, he recalled the UPA government`s significant
initiatives like Right to Information Act and Right to
Education Act among many others.

PTI

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