Chennai: Observing that the people "had lost faith and trust in the government," the Chief Information Commissioner on Friday said that the Lokpal Bill was "bound to come" and predicted it would come under focus in the forthcoming budget session in the Parliament.

"Lokpal or the Jan Lokpal..is likely to again spring back to the central stage as soon as the Budget Session is announced...It is bound to come because the people have lost faith, trust in the government. Not so much in the government, but in the government servants," Satyanand Mishra, Chief Information Commissioner, said while addressing a workshop on RTI Act here.

"Most people do not believe that the people in the government are doing the right thing or doing things objectively. (That they are) doing things without a hope of some illegal gratification," he said.

Holding that Lokpal was an "insistent demand," the CIC said, "Because people have this kind of a belief, almost across the board that the people in the government, so therefore there is an insistent demand that there must be an ombudsman who should completely independently be there, and if a complaint comes, and should spring on you like a tonne of bricks and bring you to book".

"Lokpal is a very important institution. I hope that someday, it will come," Mishra said.

Mishra said the Commission had also requested all high courts to disclose information they possess. "The Guwahati High Court has made such fantastic disclosure..if you look at their site, it is a model disclosure."

Commenting on the functioning of the CIC since its inception six years ago, he said its performance showed "mixed results." "Last year alone, the Commission received over 25,000 second appeals," Mishra said.

Urging the government and enterprise organizations to be transparent with the information they possess, he said, "Records keeping, cataloguing and indexing and continuous proactive disclosure are integral in giving information.

Ideally, an organisation should have all their information in a digitised form on their website on a real time basis."

Noting that the number of RTI applications received in India was not large, he said, "If you compare it with the applications received in the United States, which had only one fourth of Indian population, it is still very less."

(Agencies)