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The 2.5 hour discussion on the draft Lokpal bill between civil society members and government representatives at New Delhi on Wednesday has centred on a couple of issues, subjecting the bureaucracy to the investigation by Lokpal alone, doing away the two process of departmental proceedings and CBI investigation as it is being done now and the structure of Lokpal bill.

A civil society member on the joint committee Mr. Prashant Bhushan, alleged that the government merely needed an 11-member Lokpal with no effective investigative machinery, its members taking all decisions and covering only the high level corruption whereas, the civil society members had wanted the panel to supervise and administer a full fledged investigative machinery at all the levels.The issue of bringing the office of Prime Minister, the judiciary and the conduct of MPs in the Parliament under the ambit of the Lokpal bill didn’t come up for the discussion, though the opinion had been sought from the Chief Ministers and also the political parties.

When asked whether the talks had failed, Mr. Prashant Bhushan was cautious and he said that the two sides decided to give their separate drafts.But another member of the civil society Mr. Arvind Kejriwal said the one and a half month exercise was an eyewash as the central government had adopted a tough attitude.

Bringing PM under Lokpal bill is not discussed
Originally published on: All India Today

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