The passing of the Lokpal bill at the winter session of the Parliament which is proposed to end in less than a week, on December 22nd appears to be not viable as the deadlock over the Lokpal bill continues. In the all-party meeting held on Wednesday night presided by Prime Minister Manmohan Sigh consensus on the controversial issues could not be reached as all the major political parties stood by their stand on the key issues.
The Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice, which has been examining the Lokpal Bill draft, Mr. Abhishek Singhvi has said that there would be no delay except of a “couple of days” for the Committee to submit the report on the anti-graft Lokpal bill before the Union Parliament. Singhvi who met with the media after his meeting with the Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari told the media said that is the report is adopted the following day, the bill is likely to be tabled in the Parliament within the next two or three days. Singhvi further added that the time extension is technical as it is rudimentarily for translation and printing of the bill and this cannot be expressed as a delay in the real sense.
The Lokpal bill has been brought before the parliament previously for almost 6 times. But it bill failed to take the shape of an act. The current Lokpal bill led by Anna Hazare is lying in deadlock due to some obvious reasons. First of the entire Lokpal bill drafted by the government states that the Lokpal will not have any sue motto powers and it cannot take complaints directly from public. The complaint should be forwarded by the chairman of Loksabha or Rajya sabha. But, this is being opposed by team Anna as to the Lokpal should have sue motto powers and they should be able to take complaints directly from public .If this is not taken care then Lokpal will be always effected by the ruling party. Secondly, according to government Lokpal should be an advisory body and should work in co-ordination with the competatent authority. On the other hand team Anna doesn’t want Lokpal to be an advisory body, as if such will be the case then prime minister will never allow initiating action against himself.
The Government on Sunday has agreed to make the audio recordings of JanLokpal drafting committee meetings available to public. With this move the debate between the government and Anna Hazare’s team will be out in the public domain after a month the parliament finally decided to enact an effective Lokpal. This will bring transparency and restore people’s faith in the government. However sources say that only selective portion of committee proceedings will be exhibited. Elements not encroaching on the jurisdiction or working of the Parliamentary Standing Committee presently analyzing the bill will be made available whereas nothing that will embarrass the government will be made public.