Chennai: With pressure mounting on the Centre for enacting a strong anti-graft legislation, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said the Lokpal Bill will "certainly" be introduced in the Winter Session of the Parliament. (Agencies)
"Lokpal Bill will certainly be introduced in the ongoing Parliament session", Chidambaram said at a function to celebrate Congress president Sonia Gandhi's 66th birthday.
Team Anna has stepped up pressure on the UPA government for passing the bill in the current session and threatened to intensify protests, including an indefinite fast by Anna Hazare, if it was not done.
Besides Lokpal Bill, Chidambaram said a host of other bills, including the Food Security Bill, would be introduced in the session.
"I hope the draft Food Security Bill will be cleared in the Cabinet on Monday," he said.
Claiming that the UPA Government has implemented progressive schemes and legislations, he said all these measures were borne out of the UPA Chairperson's vision. "The progressive steps taken by her needs to be celebrated..", he said.
Before implementing a progressive scheme, she discusses the pros and cons of the measures and once decided, there is "no going back" (by her), Chidambaram said.
Earlier, he recalled the UPA Government's significant initiatives like Right to Information Act and Right to Education Act among many others.
Centre will commission KNPP: Chidambaram
A day after the Prime Minister announced that the Koodankulam nuclear project would be operationalised in a couple of weeks, Home Minister P Chidambaram said the Centre would take all steps to commission the plant after allaying the fears of locals.
"By removing the fears of the locals and their doubts, the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project will definitely be commissioned. Government will take all steps to implement the project", he said.
Noting that the Centre had sent former President A P J Abdul Kalam to allay the fears of the local people, Chidambaram said the protesters should come forward and discuss the issue with scientists.
"What protection they need. What more measures needed to be taken.. The Centre is ready to take all safety measures to implement the project on which thousands of crores have been invested", he said.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had yesterday announced in Moscow that the first unit of the project will be operationalised in a "couple of weeks".
Shipping Minister G K Vasan said Tamil Nadu would get 1,000 MW if the KNPP was implemented.
The Indo-Russian joint venture has run into trouble delaying its commissioning due to the stand-off between government and protesters on the issue of safety.
Chennai: With pressure mounting on the Centre for enacting a strong anti-graft legislation, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said the Lokpal Bill will "certainly" be introduced in the Winter Session of the Parliament.