The Lokpal report may face rough weather as half of the members of Parliamentary Committee expressing their disagreement have shown that it would confront difficulty in evolving unanimous opinion in the Parliament. If the Lokpal Bill is not passed due to this bottleneck, it would really be very unfortunate as people are not ready to tolerate further delay in establishing the system of Lokpal. It would be better for the political parties, especially the ruling alliance that they should avoid testing people’s patience anymore. The political parties also understand that masses would not be ready to accept the half-baked Lokpal. The institution of Lokpal which comes after a four-decade hiatus would fail to serve its purpose if it does not appear in its complete shape. This is not a good sign that the Chairperson of the parliamentary committee on Lokpal has asked Team Anna to wait for one or two years to see the impact of this institution. He also made it clear that the House panel was not to satisfy everyone. To a great extent, his contention is right but what was the purpose behind excluding lower bureaucracy from the ambit of Lokpal? Was it not against the spirit of the Parliament? Is the House panel supreme to the Parliament? The committee has also negated the aspirations of masses by excluding the Central Vigilance Commission from the purview of the Lokpal along with shying away from recommending the Central Bureau of investigation to be free from the Government pressure. The Team Anna’s annoyance over the recommendations on Lokpal surprises nobody. The way ruling party members, especially Congress along with the Opposition members have submitted their objections in the matters of Group-C employees and the CVC, the government must have gauged the mood of the common people.

This must be appreciated that three Congress MPs understood the feelings of masses and advocated for inclusion of lower bureaucracy under the ambit of Lokpal. It is surprising to know why the Parliamentary panel is not able to understand that common people generally rub shoulder with the Group-C employees. If the Lokpal cannot give respite to common public, the purpose of whole exercise would be defeated. Since the report on Lokpal prior to being tabled in the Parliament would be submitted before the Cabinet, effort should be made that no scope is left for heated debate in the Parliament. The government must understand that unless it gives free hand to the CBI, it would neither add to its image nor to the probe agency, which has already been stamped as puppet in the government’s hand and its façade of autonomy is also false. The irony is that the CBI considers its servitude as autonomy and is scared of being included under the purview of Lokpal. This confusion has no relevance, as the government is empowered to accomplish the leftover task of the Parliamentary Committee very smoothly.