Narayanasamy’s statement came a day after veteran social activist Anna Hazare began an indefinite fast at his native village Ralegan Siddhi to mount pressure on the government to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill at the earliest. (JPN/Agencies)
“The government is taking all sincere steps to pass the Lokpal Bill. I have given a notice to the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha for taking up the bill. The government is ready to debate and discuss it,” Narayanasamy said.
"But the House has to run (for passing the bill) because unfortunately the opposition parties are stalling the proceedings," he added.
Narayanasamy further said the government is giving ‘top priority’ to the bill.
Govt not sincere in passing Lokpal Bill: CPI-M
The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), however, accused the Centre of ‘not being sincere’ in passing the Lokpal Bill even as the government said that the fact that it has listed the bill in legislative agenda is a clear indication that it wants to pass it.
“Government is not sincere. Government does not want the Lokpal bill to be passed by both Houses of Parliament and that is why it is being delayed. We have been pressing, we have been asking the government," party MP Basudeb Acharia told reporters outside the Parliament.
Acharia said that the Select Committee of Rajya Sabha had given its report six-seven months back and the bill is now to be passed in the Upper House.
“We would like the bill to come to Lok Sabha soon after being passed in Rajya Sabha otherwise the bill will lapse...In the last session also, we demanded that the Lokpal Bill should be passed by both Houses of Parliament. We will press for the passage of bill, but it seems the government is not sincere to pass it,” he said.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said that the government has listed the Lokpal Bill in Rajya Sabha and has already put it in the agenda of business as it wants the bill to be passed.
He at the same time added that it can be done only if the House
“Only government cannot do it. Entire Parliament has to pass it,” he said.
Anna’s fight for Jan Lokpal Bill continues
Hazare, who has moved his agitation to his village in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district, has said the movement now needed people who were ready to work sincerely.
The Jan Lokpal Bill, also referred to as the Citizen's Ombudsman Bill, is an anti-corruption legislation drafted by civil society activists, seeking appointment of an independent panel to investigate cases of corruption.
Narayanasamy’s statement came a day after veteran social activist Anna Hazare began an indefinite fast at his native village Ralegan Siddhi to mount pressure on the government to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill at the earliest.