Lokpal Bill in advanced stage of finalisation: Govt.
New Delhi (PTI): The Lokpal Bill, seeking to check corruption in high public offices, is in the "advanced stage" of finalisation, the Government has said without setting a time-frame for its introduction in the Parliament.
In a letter to 'Gandhian Satyagraha Brigade', the Union Personnel and Public Grievances Ministry said, "...it is the endeavour of the Government to introduce it in the Parliament the Lokpal Bill which is in the advanced stage of finalisation."
The Centre in the letter, a reply to a representation made by the brigade, a group of veteran Gandhians, said the Bill is in accordance with the commitment given by the Government in its National Common Minimum Programme.
Addressed to S D Sharma, General Secretary of the brigade, the letter, however, said it was "not feasible" to indicate an "exact time-frame" for introduction of the Bill as the recommendations made by the Second Administrative Reforms Commission, including those regarding Lokpal, are at present under consideration.
Angry over the delay in introduction of the Bill, which has been in the pipeline for 40 years, the brigade today staged a dharna here.
"Governments down the years have been hoodwinking people in this matter. We will go on a fast unto death protest in Delhi if the legislation does not come through," said Omkar Razdan, a member of the brigade.