Lokpal Bill to be presented on Thursday
New Delhi: The much talked about Lokpal Bill will be introduced in the Parliament on Thursday, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal informed on Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, Minister of State for Personnel V Narayanasamy wrote to Speaker Meira Kumar to waive off the two-day period required before introducing a bill.
"Our paperwork is complete. We have written to the Speaker and it is up to her to take a decision," Narayanasamy said.
On the eve of the Monsoon session, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal had told reporters that the measure would be introduced in the first week of the Monsoon Session and will be referred to the Standing Committee "forthwith".
Government is hoping that if the Standing Committee comes out with its recommendations on the bill by August-end, then they could go ahead with the passage of the bill.
The Lokpal Bill is seeking to keep the office of the Prime Minister out of the purview of the ombudsman till he demits office. It also excludes higher judiciary and conduct of MPs inside Parliament. The bill gives permission to Lokpal to probe any Union minister or officials of Group `A` and above rank without any sanction.
The Lokpal would not require sanction or approval under Section 197 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, or Section 19 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, in cases where prosecution is proposed.
The Lokpal will have powers to attach the property of corrupt public servants acquired through illegal means.
The Lokpal, consisting of Chairperson and eight members, half of them judicial, will have its own prosecution and investigation wing with officers and staff necessary to carry out its functions.
Persons with impeccable integrity, with 25 years of experience in administration who have dealt with corruption and vigilance, will also form part of the Lokpal.
Government hopes that if the Standing Committee comes out with its recommendations on the bill by August-end, then it could go ahead with its passage.
As many as 35 bills, including the Women`s Reservation Bill, is listed for consideration and passage in the Monsoon Session which will conclude on September 8.
Besides Lokpal Bill, other prominent bills are the National Food Security Bill, a bill related to land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement and the Prevention of Money Laundering (Amendment) Bill.
(With PTI inputs)
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