Select Committee report on Lokpal to be delayed
New Delhi: The Select Committee of Parliament, which is looking into the Lokpal Bill, is unlikely to give its report during the Monsoon Session, sources said on Thursday.
According to sources, the Select Committee may submit its report by the end of the Winter Session.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal had said earlier this month that the Bill has not been listed for consideration in the Monsoon Session but the government is committed to expeditiously bringing it once it gets the report from the Select Committee.
The Bill has been passed in the Lok Sabha, debated in the Rajya Sabha and was later referred to the Select Committee.
Insisting that the government is keen to pass it as early as possible, Bansal recalled the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley is also a member of the Select Committee going into the Bill.
In May this year, in yet another twist, the controversial Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill was referred to the Select Committee of Rajya Sabha, further delaying the setting up of the anti-graft ombudsman which has been hanging fire for 42 years.
The Bill, on which the debate had remained inconclusive in the Rajya Sabha during the last Winter Session, was referred to the Select Committee through a motion soon after Minister of State for personnel V Narayanasamy moved it for consideration and passage.
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