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Drafting of Lokpal Bill to be videographed, says Anna Hazare

New Delhi , Sun, 10 Apr 2011 ANI

New Delhi, Apr 10(ANI): Social activist Anna Hazare on Sunday said that the process of drafting the Lokpal Bill would be videographed and made public to ensure complete transparency.


Addressing a news conference in New Delhi, Hazare said: "The committee will start its work on drafting the Bill from April 16, the procedures will be videographed and made public."


"The procedure will be totally transparent, from its formulation to the time after it is passed and selection of Lokpal. If people notice any shortcoming they can point it out," he added.


Hazare had called off his hunger strike on Saturday after the government issued a gazette notification constituting a 10-member Joint Committee of Ministers and civil society activists, including him, to draft an effective Lokpal Bill.


The notification by the Ministry of Law and Justice said that the Joint Drafting Committee to prepare a draft of the Bill will have five ministers from the government and five nominees of Hazare, including himself.


The five Ministers are Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Chairperson, Home Minister P. Chidamabaram, Law Minister Veerappa Moily (Convenor), HRD Minister Kapil Sibal and Water Resources Minister Salman Khurshid.


The civil society will be represented by Hazare, former Supreme Court judge N Santosh Hegde, Shanti Bhushan (Co-Chairperson), Prashant Bhushan and RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal.


The notification said the Joint Drafting Committee will commence work forthwith evolving its own procedure to prepare the proposed legislation. The committee shall complete its work latest by June 30. (ANI)


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