"The select committee, headed by Minister of State in Prime Minister Office (PMO) V Narayanasamy, has already sent a notice that the bill be immediately taken up in the Rajya Sabha," Shinde told reporters in the national capital.

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He added, "The Lokpal Bill has been passed from the Lok Sabha and has gone to the Rajya Sabha. The select committee in the Rajya Sabha had recommended 13 amendments to the bill and that were also considered by the government."

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath earlier on Thursday said, "Our priority is to pass the Lokpal Bill."

Union Minister of State for Personnel V Narayanasamy had said on Tuesday that the government is serious about passing the bill in the current session of Parliament and had given a notice to Rajya Sabha Chairman for taking it up.

Anna’s fast enters third day

Meanwhile, Anna Hazare's indefinite hunger strike pressing for passage in Parliament for Jan Lokpal Bill has entered third day on Thursday.

Social activist Medha Patkar, who met Hazare in Ralegan Siddhi on Thursday, flayed Congress-led UPA government for ‘inaction’ on the issue.

"What has prevented the government from passing the bill?" she asked.
"Had the government passed the bill after the earlier agitation, Congress would not have faced the ignominy in the recent Assembly polls," she said.
Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal, who was supposed to go to Ralegan Siddhi to support Anna Hazare, has dropped the plan due to his ill health.
"Kejriwal is suffering from high fever due to which he is unable to go to Ralegan Siddhi to support Hazare, who is on indefinite hunger strike for passage of Jan Lokpal Bill in Parliament," AAP spokesperson Manish Sisodia said.

AAP leaders Kumar Vishwas, Sanjay Singh and Gopal Rai have already left for Ralegan Siddhi.
On Wednesday, Hazare's associate and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi met the anti-graft crusader and is expected to join his fast from Saturday.
"People should dislodge the government through ballot if the Bill is not passed in this session," Bedi had said.

Lokpal Bill likely to be taken up on Monday

The Lokpal Bill is likely to be taken up in the Rajya Sabha on Monday, said Satyavrat Chaturvedi, who chaired the select committee that looked into the anti-corruption bill.

"The government has proposed a discussion on Lokpal bill on Monday," Chaturvedi told reporters in New Delhi.

"Six hours have been allotted for the discussion," he added.


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