New Delhi: Declaring to sit on fast onto death from April 5 in support of Jan Lokpal Bill, social activist Anna Hazare has refused to interact with the sub-group of Ministers headed by Defense Minister AK Antony.

Anna said if the government really wants a meaningful dialogue, it should discuss the draft of the proposed Bill with public by forming a joint committee. In a letter to the Minister of State for Department of Personnel and Training (DoP&T), V Narayanswamy on Friday, Anna said he doesn’t find any merits to participate in the proposed meeting of the sub-group on March 28, so he will give the meeting a miss.

He added, the sub-group of Ministers will hand over its report to GoMs headed by Pranab Mukharjee. The Lokpal Bill will affect the interest of these Ministers, so he has no hopes from the committee or sub-committee of the Ministers.

The Ministers had prepared the current draft of the Bill in which a provision was made to patronize corruption instead of checking it, he said.

Anna said, the government should take concrete steps against the corruption following the public outrage in the whole country. If the government has any solid proposal it should present before the nation, otherwise the formation of committee will be of no use.

Meanwhile, a public forum has taken a solid step in this regard, preparing a draft of Lokpal Bill containing strict provisions against corruption. The government should give reason for not trusting on the people like Santosh Hegde, Shanti Bhushan, Kiran Bedi and Arvind Kejriwal, or else it should constitute a joint committee for point wise consideration.

JPN/ Bureau