Lokpal panel includes bureaucracy; divided on PM

The Parliamentary Committee on Lokpal Bill has recommended that Group C government employees along with the Group A and Group B be brought under the ambit of the Lokpal, reports said Thursday.

Last Updated: Dec 01, 2011, 09:45 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Partially conceding to a major demand of Team Anna, the Parliamentary Committee on Lokpal Bill has recommended that Group C government employees along with the Group A and Group B be brought under the ambit of the Lokpal, reports said Thursday.

Team Anna has demanded the inclusion of the entire bureaucracy
If the recommendation is accepted by the government then 70% of government employees would become answerable to the Lokpal. While Group A and B consists of the officer cadre, Group C consists of government servants like police inspectors and clerks.

However, the panel remained sharply divided over the issue of inclusion of the Prime Minister- while in office – under the ambit of Lokpal. While the BJP and the Left is demanding inclusion of the Prime Minister within its ambit while those from Congress favoured coverage of the Prime Minister after he demits office.

There are some members, including those from smaller groups like BSP, SP and AIADMK who opposed the inclusion of the Prime Minister within the ambit of Lokpal.

Chairman of the Standing Committee on Personnel and Law and Justice Abhishek Singhvi said after the meeting that the report has been "adopted" by the committee but opposition members contested this saying it cannot be considered as adopted till the time their dissent notes are submitted.

Yesterday, the Committee concluded its deliberations on the Lokpal Bill that was referred to it in August during the last session of Parliament that saw Anna Hazare calling off his fast at the Ramlila Maidan.

During over 15 sittings lasting 40 hours, the Committee deliberated on various issues including bringing the office of the Prime Minister under Lokpal, citizens` charter, public grievances mechanism and inclusion of the entire bureaucracy under its ambit.

In the 30-member Committee, there are nine members from Congress, one each from Trinamool Congress, RJD and LJP. BJP has seven members while CPI-M, AIADMK and SP have one member each. BJD and BSP also have one member each in the Committee which also has two Independents and as many nominated members.

RSP and SDF also have one member each.