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Lokpal to be discussed after 22 April in House: Minister

The contentious anti-corruption Lokpal bill will come up for discussion next month in Parliament after the ongoing one-month recess of the budget session, Union Minister V Narayanasamy said on Sunday.

‘The contentious Bill, Lokpal, we are trying to pass in the Parliament. The government has done a lot on Lokpal. The Bill has been passed in Lok Sabha. It went to Rajya Sabha, from there it was sent to a select committee.

‘The committee gave its recommendation and now I have requested discussion on the Bill in Rajya Sabha. After 22 April, we are ready to discuss on it,’ Narayanasamy told reporters during National Editors’ Conference here.

The budget session, which began on 21 February and is having a month-long break from 22 March to 22 April, will conclude on 10 May.

Narayanasamy also said that the successive governments for past 30 years have tried to pass the Lokpal which is being wrongly considered as an outcome of agitation led by anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare and others.
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