Law Minister Salman Khurshid on Thursday expressed apprehensions on whether the proposed Lokpal will be able to monitor corruption-related cases against the entire bureaucracy, saying it will be a difficult task for the ombudsman to handle lakhs of government employees.

“Hypothetically, the issue is not having a, b or c (Group A, Group B or Group C category officials). That is not a problem. Problem is how lakhs of officers will be handled by nine people sitting in one post in Delhi. That is a concern,” he told reporters.

He was asked to comment on the decision of the Parliamentary Committee on Lokpal Bill to include Group B and C officials, besides Group A, within the ambit of the anti-corruption watchdog.

Mr. Khurshid also said it will not be appropriate for him to comment on the recommendation of the committee till the report was tabled in Parliament.

“We cannot respond till we get the report,” he said. “Someone must give us an answer on how 57 lakh officers are to be monitored by nine people or 10 people or 15 people whatever, how will they be monitored,” he said.

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