Uncertainity prevails over the
much-talked about Lokpal bill being brought up for
consideration in the monsoon session of Parliament beginning
on August 8.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said the bill has not been listed for consideration in the session but the government is committed to expeditiously bringing it once it gets the report from the Select Committee of the Rajya Sabha.
The bill has been passed in the Lok Sabha, debated in the Rajya Sabha and was later referred to the Select Committee.
Bansal said the Select Committee is expected to give its report on the first day of the last week of the monsoon session which is concluding on September seven.
Insisting that the government is keen to pass it as early as possible, he recalled the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley is also a member of the Select Committee going into the bill.
In May this year, in yet another twist, the controversial Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill was referred to the select committee of Rajya Sabha, further delaying the setting up of the anti-graft ombudsman which has been hanging fire for 42 years.
The bill, on which the debate had remained inconclusive in the Rajya Sabha during the last winter session, was referred to the select committee through a motion soon after minister of state for personnel V Narayanasamy moved it for consideration and passage.
As many as 31 bills, including those on Forward Contracts, Banking laws, whistleblowers and women's reservation, are listed in the session as also the Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials bill.
Replying to a question, he said the Insurance Bill and the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) Bill do not figure in the agenda.
He said 118 bills have been pending at one stage or other.