The government has decided to bring Lokpal Bill in Parliament next week. It may introduce the legislation with amendments on Tuesday.
After Wednesday night's all-party meet, final touches are being given to the contentious legislation. The Bill with amendments is likely to be taken up at Sunday's cabinet meeting.
The meeting is also likely to discuss the possibility of extending by a day the Parliament session, which ends on December 22. It may also discuss Food Security Bill that was deferred following objections from West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
A four-member group consisting of finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, home minister P. Chidambaram, law and justice minister Salman Khursheed and minister of state for personnel, public grievances and pensions V. Narayanasamy has been set up to give final touches to Lokpal Bill.
The group will study the report of the parliamentary standing committee on personnel, public grievances, law and justice and prepare government response with recommendations.
Sources said the government would like the legislation to sail through in order to avoid blame that it lacked sincerity.
Amartya Sen supports govt
As the government began putting final touches to the Lokpal Bill before tabling it in Parliament next week, it got some unexpected support: Nobel-winning economist Amartya Sen said in New Delhi Thursday that 'people on the street' could not tackle corruption properly.
In a tacit attack on Team Anna, Prof. Sen said: "I don't personally think... people on the street could, in a very good way, deal with corruption." He was speaking at the inauguration of the UN-ESCAP subregional office after "talking for about an hour with my old friend Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister".
"I am not a believer it could be done in the way exemplary punishment is meted out by panchayats to deal with the guy who drinks. We have to be careful about this," Prof. Sen said.
The Member of Parliament Local Area Development Division is entrusted with the responsibility of implementation of Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS). Under the scheme, each MP has the choice to suggest to the District Collector for, works to the tune of Rs.2 Crores per annum to be taken up in his/her constituency.