New Delhi: It seems that the Central government has forgotten its promise of seeking public opinion on Lokpal Bill. Despite chairperson of Lokpal Bill Joint Drafting Committee Pranab Mukherjee giving clear direction to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) in that regard, the department has not been able to even formulate a plan for it.

Jagran has learnt through the records of Lokpal Bill Joint Drafting Committee that Pranab Mukherjee had assigned DoPT the function on April 16 itself. The department was also asked to function as the secretariat of the drafting committee.
It was the DoPT which had prepared the minutes of the meeting on April 16.

DoPT though admits that in the meeting Mukherjee mentioned about public opinion, but it cannot be taken as the order of the drafting committee.

According to DoPT records, all government and non- government members of the committee had agreed on the maximum public participation in the drafting process of Lokpal Bill. Mukherjee had asked the department to seek, examine and analyse the public opinion just as the permanent committee of Parliament does for other draft Bills.

The Co-Chairperson, Joint Drafting Committee, Shanti Bhushan had suggested about designing a website for inviting public opinion on the issue. Home Minister P Chidambaram had opined that the committee should seek public opinion only after finalizing it.
Anna Hazare, Law Minister Veerappa Moily and social activist Arvind Kejriwal had echoed the view of Chidambaram.

(JPN/Bureau)