Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee, Abhishek Manu Singhvi looking into the drafting of the anti-corruption Lokpal bill, has asked for one more weeks time to submit its report in the Parliament. The Parliamentary panel was supposed to submit its report by December 7 in the House. This has arouse at the time when Anna Hazare and his team have decided to protest against the government for a strong Lokpal Bill.
Earlier on Friday, Anna Hazare had blamed the Central Government of prolonging the Parliament deadlock over the issue of foreign equity in retail as an excuse not to bring the Lokpal Bill.
A civil society member said that Team Anna will meet in the capital city for two days in the second week of December to plan strategy for the proposed protest demanding a strong Lokpal Bill.
Team Anna member Manish Sisodia said that after the one-day protest by Anna Hazare at Jantar Mantar on December 11, the team members are proposing to sit together and hold talks and thereafter to hold a core committee meeting on December 14 and 15 to plan and to decide the mode of protest which Anna Hazare is to conduct from December 27.
The activist has warned of a major agitation from December 27 to January 5 at Ramlila Maidan in Central Delhi, if changes were not made to the propsed anti-corruption bill.
Sisodia also expressed his displeasure over the lower bureaucracy being kept out of the ambit of Lokpal.
He added that the Parliamentary Standing Committee examining the Lokpal Bill had decided to include the Group-C employees, the bottom layer of the government officials. But the panel on Thursday decided to exclude them from the proposed purview of Lokpal Bill.
The Parliamentary panel studying the Lokpal Bill on Thursday favoured exclusion of Group-C employees, the bottom layer of government officials. This led to 10 members submitting a note of dissent on the draft report.
News reported by AR for Newsvision newspaper