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PM should be brought under Lokpal,Anna presses for bill ahead of 2014 polls

New Delhi, Nov 20 (): While adopting the draft report on the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bills, the Rajya Sabha Select Committee on Monday has recommended for bringing the Prime Minister under the purview of Lokpal.

The committee also said that the report will most probably be tabled in the first week of the winter session of parliament, and also decided to set up the Lokayuktas in a year. The government has decided to pass a bill in this session based on the report findings.

The panel which suggested bringing the Prime Minister under the purview of the Lokpal excluded the Intelligence department and the atomic energy terming it to be RTI exempted.

The selection committee has also suggested that a collegium will be appointing CBI directors. In addition to the recommendations made by the panel, it has also suggested seeking a fixed term for the CBI director as well as release of funds for the investigation of the CBI to be made compulsory.

Meanwhile, criticizing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for being disloyal, social activist Anna Hazare who earlier accused the Congress government on the bill has warned to go on a protest if the government failed to pass the bill before the 2014 general elections.

Talking to reporters following the inauguration of the new office at Sarvodaya Enclave in Delhi, Anna Hazare stated,” We will not hesitate to hold one more rally at Ramlila Maidan, if the government fails to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill ahead of 2014 elections.”

Taking a dig at Manmohan Singh government, the anti-crusader said that the Prime Minister went back from his words by breaking his promise of fulfilling to pass the bill in Parliament.

“Till the government passes the bill we will continue our fight,” said Hazare by adding that his team members will be campaigning all over the country and try to reach the people till they bring about the change.