Last Lokpal joint panel meet today as deadline for draft inches closer

first_imgAs the deadline to finalise the draft for Lokpal Bill comes closer, the joint committee on it would meet for the last time on Tuesday hoping to resolve differences between the representatives of government and civil society. The latest meeting comes close on the heels of a three-hour discussion on Monday after which the government claimed a breakthrough in the talks. However, the civil society team, headed by anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare, did not endorse the government’s claims. This joint panel meeting on Lokpal would be the last before the deadline for the draft bill ends on June 30 and placed before the cabinet. Fresh differences between the two sides over the process of selection and removal of Lokpal, in addition to the structure and the jurisdiction of the proposed ombudsman, had emerged during the Monday meeting even as both parties had claimed that the talks were cordial. Contentious issues such as bringing the prime minister and the higher judiciary under the purview of Lokpal could not be discussed as the members disagreed on new issues. The government representatives sought a greater role for politicians in the Lokpal selection committee, while the civil society members demanded a more “broad-based” Lokpal selection committee. PM calls UPA meetMeanwhile, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would convene a meeting of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) leaders to ascertain their views over the drafting of the Lokpal Bill. As Congress has reiterated that Parliament will have the final say on the Lokpal Bill, there has been a divergence of views among the UPA allies on the issue. While the Congress and the NCP have opposed it, the DMK has reportedly favoured it. The government has already given hints that it would convene an all-party meeting in July to discuss whether to bring the prime minister under the Lokpal’s purview.advertisementFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img

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