Lokpal report tabled amid ruckus in RS

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 23, 2012 19:32 hrs

As the Winter Session of the Parliament witnessed repeated disruptions for the second consecutive day, the Rajya Sabha's Select Committee report on the Lokpal Bill was tabled in the Upper House on Friday.

It was tabled by Committee member Shantaram Naik.

It was tabled at a time when the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) members were creating ruckus in the House over the issue of reservation in government job promotion.

Union Minister of State in PMO V Narayanasamy reportedly said the government will try to pass the Lokpal Bill in the Winter Session itself.

Rajya Sabha Select Committee chief on Lokpal bill Satyavrat Chaturvedi told media: "Report on Lokpal Bill was submitted to Rajya Sabha today. It is a great achievement for us."

"The report was made after consulting 32 eminent citizens, including top lawyers, NGOs and Arun Jatiley (Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha)," Chaturvedi said.

He said all parties had accepted the Lokpal draft proposals.

"No member of any party has any problem with proposed provisions," Chaturvedi said while addressing a press conference.

Praising BJP leader Arun Jaitley, he said: "Without his help and guidance the committee could not have reached a conclusion."

He said the members of the committee ´rose above politics´ to take decision on the matter.

Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party (SP) said it will oppose the Lokpal Bill in the Parliament.

SP leader Naresh Agrawal told reporters: "We are strongly opposed to the very concept of Lokpal."

The Select Committee´s report on the Lokpal Bill recommends de-linking the creation of state Lokayuktas from the Lokpal Bill, bringing the Prime Minister´s Office (PMO) under its purview except on matters relating to internal and external security, atomic energy, international relations and public order, said CNN-IBN quoting sources.

The Bill will go to the Lok Sabha for approval, once it is passed in the Rajya Sabha.

The Lokpal Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha during the Winter Session of the Parliament last year.

It got stuck in the Rajya Sabha and was later referred to the Upper House select committee during the Budget Session this year in order to break the parliamentary logjam over the matter.

Meanwhile, the second day of the Winter Session of the Parliament witnessed repeated disruptions with both the Houses being adjourned till Monday amid ruckus by opposition leaders over issues including the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail.

The Winter Session of the Parliament commenced on a stormy note on Thursday and witnessed continuous disruptions resulting in adjournment of both Houses for the day.

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