New Delhi: The anti-graft Lokpal Bill is scheduled to be introduced in the Parliament within the first three days of its month-long Monsoon Session that begins on Monday and will 'forthwith' be referred to a standing committee for its consideration, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said on Friday.

At his customary pre-session press conference here, Bansal said the government was hopeful the standing committee will study the bill and come with its report in August itself so that the draft legislation could be passed by the Parliament in the monsoon session that is scheduled to end in September 8.

The draft bill, approved by the Cabinet on Thursday, has already run into rough weather with civil society activists, led by Gandhian Anna Hazare, vehemently opposing it in the present form, as the government draft has kept the Prime Minister and judiciary out of the purview of the anti-corruption ombudsman.

'The Lokpal Bill is listed for introduction by Wednesday. We (government) want the bill to be forthwith sent to a standing committee,' Bansal said when asked about the plans for passing the bill.

'We hope the standing committee will study the draft legislation and submit its report within August so that the bill could be passed before the monsoon session of the Parliament ends September 8.

'But the government cannot dictate terms to the standing committee on when it should submit its report,' he added.

On civil society members rubbishing the cabinet-approved draft bill, Bansal said they have their rights to have a view on the issue, but they should also respect others' rights to have contrary opinions.

Hazare had gone on a five-day fast at Jantar Mantar in April pressing for the Jan Lokpal law, following which he and four other members of civil society, along with five central ministers, were named members of a 10-member committee constituted for drafting of the bill.

The two sides had major differences of opinion on the contours of the ombudsman law and had presented two different drafts of the bill.

(Agencies)