Centre has initiated talks with Team Anna: Rawat

In this regard, he said suggestions can be put before the Committee in order to incorporate them into the bill.

Dehradun: The Centre has initiated a dialogue
process with Team Anna at various levels to break the deadlock
over the Lokpal issue, Minister of State for Parliamentary
Affairs Harish Rawat said on Sunday.

"The dialogue process has already been initiated at
various levels through well-wishers. This dialogue is at
various levels which is not parallel to each other but
complimentary to each other," Rawat told a news agency.

The minister said he had high regards for Anna Hazare and
his team and expressed hope that a solution would emerge
shortly.

Rawat also also appealed to Hazare to understand the
"constitutional limits" of the government.

He said the Lokpal Bill was before the Standing Committee
of Parliament and it was very difficult to fix a timeframe for
its clearance.

In this regard, he said suggestions can be put before the
Committee in order to incorporate them into the bill.

Rawat cited the example of RTI Bill where suggestions were
incorporated in the standing committee stage itself.

"We are are in favour of bringing Lokpal Bill on the lines
of RTI bill where nearly 160 amendments were carried by the
standing committee," Rawat said.

Similarly, suggestions of Team Anna can be incorporated in
the bill, he said.

"The final objective of Anna and the Centre is the same as
the main fight is against corruption. When the objective is
the same, there should be no differences also," he emphasised.

PTI

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