Bhubaneswar: The Union Cabinet Meeting on the Lokpal Bill, scheduled for late Monday, had to be postponed to 2 pm on Tuesday. Placing CBI under Lokpal, remains the most unlikely issue for the Government.
The cabinet meeting could not be held on Monday after Home Minister P. Chidambaram found fault with the drafting of the bill.
A senior Minister said, “It has been decided that Chidambaram should go through all the proposed amendments, clause by clause, to ensure that there are no loose ends.” There are over 60 amendments by the Government including recommendations of the Standing Committee and suggestions given by political leaders at the all-party meeting.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said, the delay in finalisation of the draft amendments and the postponement of the Cabinet meeting to Tuesday is also going to have delaying effect on the Lokpal Bill’s schedule in Parliament.It further concluded that the session has to be extended by a day to December 23. The members (the Oppositions) will need at least half-a-day to go through the proposed amendments to firm up their views. The Bill can be circulated to the members only after the Cabinet gives its approval and legal vetting is completed.