Lokpal Bill Committee meet: 1st encounter over; 2nd on May 2

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Anna Hazare and other committee members
New Delhi, Apr 16: The first meeting of the members of the joint committee (government and civil-society) to draft the "Lokpal Bill" is over and the second meeting will be held on May 2. The ten members met on Saturday, Apr 16 and the meeting went on for almost two-and-a-half hours. (Read: Crummy gems in Anna Hazare's team? Shanti Bhushan in CD row)

After the meeting, the committee member and Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal informed, "The meeting of was fruitful, everyone made valuable contribution. We all want the Bill to be introduced in the Monsoon Session."

During the first meeting, the government also approved Anna Hazare's demand for audio-recording of all meetings by the panel, informed Sibal.

The Gandhian crusader Anna Hazare and his supporters withdrew their "fast-unto-death" protest on Apr 9 after the government approved their demand of setting up of a joint committee to draft the anti-corruption bill in India. (Read: Battle not ended but started - Anna Hazare breaks fast)The deatails of the panel -

Representatives of civil society:

  • Former Law Minister Shanti Bhushan (Co-chairman)
  • Anna Hazare
  • Eminent lawyer Prashant Bhushan
  • Retired Supreme Court Judge Santosh Hegde
  • RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal

Government representatives:

  • Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee (Chairman)
  • Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal
  • Law Minister Veerappa Moily
  • Water Resources Minister Salman Khursheed
  • Home Minister P Chidambaram

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