Initiating the discussion on the bill, Union Law and Justice Minister Kapil Sibal said it was a ‘historic’ day and it was time to celebrate the consensus that had been reached on the issue. Commotion paralyzes proceedings in Lok Sabha Lokpal alone will not remove corruption: JD-U (JPN/Agencies)
While tabling the bill, Sibal gave details about the salient features of the anti-graft legislation and asked the members to rise above political considerations for the smooth passage.
"I don't think it is time to laugh or snigger... it is time for us to rise to the occasion," Sibal said.
The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011, which could not be passed in the House in December 2011, was brought back after being referred to the Parliamentary Select Committee that recommended a number of amendments to make it widely acceptable among the political parties.
The bill is all set for passage as most of the parties, including the BJP, BSP and Left, expressed their support to the measure.
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, pointed out that there should not be religion-based reservations in the institution of the proposed Lokpal.
Lokpal must probe private firms bribing government: CPI-M
The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Tuesday said private firms giving bribes for government contract should also be probed by the Lokpal.
Participating in the Rajya Sabha debate on the amended Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, CPI-M member Sitaram Yechury said "supply side" of corruption should be addressed along with the "demand side" to curb corruption.
"There is always a demand side and a supply side. Lokpal addresses the demand side of corruption but what about the supply side of corruption,” Yechury said.
"We are not asking to bring in the ambit of the Lokpal all private institutions... Whenever a private body enters into any contract with government or government agency, if that contract comes under cloud of corruption, will you not probe that? How can you have a Lokpal which will not probe a private body that gives bribe to get a contract?" he said.
The CPI-M leader added: "Something also needs to be done about corporate funding to political parties. It should be stopped."
The CPI-M has also moved an amendment to bring private bodies, in contract with government, under the Lokpal.
Lokpal Bill need of the hour: BSP
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Tuesday said the Lokpal Bill was needed to contain corruption.
"We are against corruption at all levels. So, we welcome this bill. We have always been in favour of this bill," BSP leader Satish Chandra Misra said during a debate in the Upper House.
He, however, complained that his party was not informed about an all-party meeting on the bill called by Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari.
"We got to know about the meeting through the media which said the SP and BSP had boycotted the meeting," Misra said.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath admitted that "there must have been some communication gap".
Initiating the discussion on the bill, Union Law and Justice Minister Kapil Sibal said it was a ‘historic’ day and it was time to celebrate the consensus that had been reached on the issue.
Commotion paralyzes proceedings in Lok Sabha
Lokpal alone will not remove corruption: JD-U