December 19th, 2011
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Cabinet meet to discuss Lokpal today

manmohanNew Delhi: The Union Cabinet would meet this evening to discuss the Lokpal Bill. The fate of the bill would be decided by this week. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is said to be giving the final touches to a draft of the Bill. Top ministers and officials are trying hard to come out with an acceptable draft of the lokpal bil so that the Cabinet can give a go-ahead today and then the Bill can be presented in Parliament and passed by Thursday next, when the Winter Session ends.

The important questions on which decisions are expected to be taken this week are whether to bring the Prime Minister, Group C and D employees, CBI and Central Vigilance Commission within the ambit of the Lokpal.

It is expected that the cabinet will clear the lokpal bill in the evening. Further on Tuesday, government is expected to seek waiver of rules to reintroduce bill in Parliament and begin discussion in one of the House. If things go smoothly, it is expected that the government would like to at least one House to clear the bill and the other to begin discussion on it by Wednesday evening. By Thursday government would like both the House to pass the bill acceptable to both the parties.



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