Lokpal panel to meet September 7
INDO ASIAN NEWS SERVCICE
New Delhi, Aug 29: While stressing that "it is not possible to fix a time limit" for the parliamentary standing committee to give its recommendations on the Lokpal bill, panel head Abhishek Manu Singhvi said Monday that the members would meet Sep 7 to take a call on the issue.
However, he also stressed that the parliamentary standing committee would try to give its recommendations before the winter session of parliament.
"It is not possible to fix a time limit for the recommendations. Usually, such panels seek two to three extensions, which could mean a period of 9 to 12 months," Singhvi said.
According to Singhvi, the issues related to fixing time limit will be decided by the standing committee at its Sep 7 meeting.
"These issues (fixing time lines) would be decided by the collective wisdom of the panel," said Singhvi.
He, however, said the panel would "try to stick" to its earlier deadline of "submitting the recommendations before the winter session."
He had recently said the panel would submit its recommendations on the draft Lokpal Bill within three months. The bill would then be debated in parliament.
The standing committee on law and justice will hold discussions on the Lokpal issue and examine the various drafts of the bill, including the Jan Lokpal Bill, given by Team Anna Hazare, and those of activist Aruna Roy and Loksatta chief Jayaprakash Narayan.
The panel will also consider suggestions by AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi and former chief election commissioner T.N. Seshan besides the drafts submitted by the citizens.
The panel headed by Singhvi will also take note of the sense of the parliament on the three key demands made by Team Anna relating to a citizen's charter, bringing lower bureaucracy under the Lokpal and setting up Lok Ayuktas in the states.
After the standing committee submits its recommendations, the parliament will debate the draft Lokpal bill presented by the government.
Lastupdate on : Sun, 28 Aug 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 28 Aug 2011 18:30:00 GMT
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