A decision to videograph the proceedings of the Joint Committee on Lokpal Bill as sought by Gandhian Anna Hazare has to taken by the drafting panel itself, its member Union Minister Salman Khurshid has said.
Responding to a question on the demand by Hazare to videograph and make public proceedings of the Committee to ensure transparency in the drafting process, Khurshid said, “The Joint Drafting Committee is supposed to decide its own procedure.
“This procedure about making whatever happens there public or televising it, will be decided by the Committee itself…. I can’t comment on it as an individual,” the Union Water Resources Minister said in New Delhi on Monday.He said the draft Lok Pal Bill was a “high priority” and it will be ready “very soon.”
As per the Gazette Notification, the Committee -comprising five Union Ministers and as many civil society members – will finalise the draft latest by 30th June.
Asked whether the bill which seeks to create an Ombudsman will be effective in fighting corruption, he said, “The way we try to better ourselves in other facets of life, this will be done in politics also and this will be an important step in that direction.”
Hazare is part of the 10-member panel headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to draft a stronger Lok Pal Bill.
Khurshid said, “Has God’s existence ended all the vices? We still have to tell good things to our children. We still have to build temples and pray.”