The activists will not be a party again to the drafting of a law
SAMIRAN SARANGI AND AJAY KAUL New Delhi After a not so pleasant experience of engaging with Anna Hazares team in drafting of the Lokpal Bill, the government point man on the Bill says that there will be no such experiment in the future.
HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, one of the key members of the Lokpal joint drafting committee, also maintains that no precedent has been set. I dont say it is a precedent.
In the given situation, the government was in, it is a decision that we took with our eyes wide open and I dont consider it to be a precedent… the government was in a particular situation, Sibal told PTI in an interview.
He was asked if in future, too, some activists could resort to an agitation to be part of the law- making process. Sibal emphasised that the draft bill prepared by the five ministers was not the final bill and it will go through changes when we get inputs not just from other political parties but also other members of civil society. The government is holding a meeting with political parties on the issue on July 3. Sibal refused to make any comment on Hazares decision to go on hunger