Congress MP submits Hazare bill to parliament panel

August 21st, 2011 - 2:32 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) Congress MP Praveen Singh Aron has moved Anna Hazare’s Jan Lokpal Bill before the Parliamentary Standing Committee for consideration to “add more strength” to the official Lokpal Bill.

“The Congress itself is keen on having a strong Lokpal Bill. Therefore, if Anna Hazare’s Jan Lokpal bill is discussed along with the official Lokpal Bill by the standing committee, the final product is bound to be more meaningful and strong,” Aron told IANS Sunday.

As opposed to the Lokpal Bill, the Jan Lokpal bill seeks to include the prime minister, the higher judiciary, the conduct of MPs inside parliament and the mass of government employees within its ambit.

Hazare’s fast for the Jan Lokpal Bill entered its sixth day Sunday. He is protesting at Ramlila ground in the capital.

A member of the Lok Sabha from Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, Aron said: “I have also sought an appointment with members of the (parliamentary) standing committee so that I can put across my arguments in favour of Jan Lokpal bill.”

Aron said he made the request Aug 18.

Abhishek Singhvi, the Congress spokesman who is also chairman of the parliamentary standing committee related to the ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice, said he had got a copy of the Jan Lokpal Bill as moved by Aron.

“A copy was sent to me… We will discuss it. No view is closed,” he said.

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