New Delhi: The Lokpal Bill will be introduced in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said.

"The Lokpal Bill will be introduced on Thursday. We have already given notice but there are certain requirements about the preparation of the Bill as it has not been circulated," Bansal told reporters outside the Parliament House on Tuesday.

"Members have to receive the copies. They will get the copies. In all probability, it will be introduced on Thursday,” he added.
Bansal said as all parties are in favour of introducing the draft bill at the earliest, the government has written to the Speaker to waive off the two-day period required to distribute copies of any new bill to all political parties to enable them to study it.

Earlier, in the day, Minister of State for Personnel V Narayanasamy gave the notice to the Speaker.

"Our paperwork is complete. We have written to the Speaker and it is up to her to take a decision," Narayanasamy told reporters.

The bill was finalised by the Central government on July 28 after months of meetings, debates and on occasions acrimony between the representatives of civil rights activists, led by social activist Anna Hazare, and the ministers.

Although, the activists wanted a strong Lokpal which brings the Prime Minister and higher judiciary within its ambit, the government kept them out of it. The government also kept parliamentarians' conduct inside the house out of the purview of the Lokpal.

(Agencies)