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Updated: December 18, 2011 12:03 IST

We're working day and night on Lokpal Bill: Manmohan

Sandeep Dikshit
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addresses a press conference on board his special aircraft on Saturday. Photo: PTI
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addresses a press conference on board his special aircraft on Saturday. Photo: PTI

The Union Cabinet will consider the Lokpal Bill on Sunday and make all efforts to get it passed during the ongoing Parliament session, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told accompanying journalists while returning from the annual India-Russia summit.

“We are working day and night to give shape to the Bill and it is my hope that by tomorrow [Sunday] we should be able to bring it to the Cabinet. And thereafter we will be ready to take it to Parliament.

“Once it is in Parliament, it will be in the hands of Parliament and we don't know what could happen. But there should not be any doubt about our sincerity to get the Bill passed in this session,” Dr. Singh said to a query.

The question was asked in the context of social activist Anna Hazare threatening to launch an indefinite fast on December 27, five days after the scheduled end of the winter session.

On the Kudankulam nuclear power plant, which has been unable to function due to protests, the government has adopted an unyielding position with Dr. Singh stating Rs. 14,000-crore investments could not be allowed to lie idle.

Offer to Tamil Nadu

At the same time, he announced a marginal hike in power allocation for Tamil Nadu if the first and second units begin operations. Dr. Singh said the Centre would allocate 1,000 MW to the State from the total generation of 2,000 MW, against the original proposal of 930 MW. In response to a letter from Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, the Prime Minister said the Centre was planning to allocate an additional 100 MW from the national grid.

Pointing out that the government had gone out of its way to allay apprehensions of the people worried about the safety issue in the Kudankulam plant, the Prime Minister said more and more people, including legislatures, were now of the view that the agitation was “overdone.”

“Politics is sometimes, I think, murky and I am confident that ultimately good sense will prevail,” Dr. Singh said.

On Friday, at a joint news conference with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, the Prime Minister expressed the hope that the first unit of the Kudankulam project would be operationalised in a “couple of weeks” and the second unit six months later.

Mullaperiyar issue

On the Mullaperiyar dam issue, Dr. Singh said he had been trying to persuade the Tamil Nadu and Kerala governments to sit down across the table and discuss it. “I have not succeeded so far, but I have not given up hope. If good sense prevails, as I do believe will prevail, I have confidence in the leaderships of Tamil Nadu and Kerala that in a mutually satisfactory manner this problem can be resolved.”

Government has gone out of its way to allay fears over Kudankulam plant

I could expect these events in coming days:

1) Bill will somehow be tabled in paraliament this week
2) Amidst chaos, not a single MP will be able to understand what it contains
3) Parliament will be adjourned many times, and session will be extended by 2 to 3 days
4) Lot of drama will happen over the weekend, especially BJP\Congress will put pressure on Anna team to accept the compromised Lokpal bill version
5) Anna team will demand public discussions on the Lokpal version but the government will again go back to their parliament-supreme tactic
6) Principally compromised Lokpal bill will be passed by parliament next week
7) Anna team and (I hope) the whole nation will go to streets when they realize that they have been fooled by their very own representatives in parliament
8) Sleeping-at-present media will suddenly realize that these protests could be worth earning high TRPs, so they will start questioning the parliament's version of Lokpal
9) God knows, what will happen next :)

from:  Ganesh
Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 at 18:55 IST

Prime Minister Dr. Singh, his government and his party has an opportunity to make
a point. Unfortunately they only have a choice to win outright or loose outright.

To win outright is the best option for them on Lokpal, they will get time to get
onto corrective course and generate some positive governance over the next 2 to 3
years. If they loose on Lokpal even on one regard or the other (CBI, or Lower
bureaucracy or PM inclusion) they will continue to be defensive for until we have
this government on power.

Only their deeds brought them to where they are and only deeds will put them
back on track.

from:  Pavan Peechara
Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 at 11:58 IST

Just one last point...why is the Govt so concerned about this Bill
that every sort of Congress minister is issuing statements in it? We
have a another Bill running in parallel, the Food Bill. And there's
not a fraction of the importance of the LP Bill given to the Food
Bill.
Let the Govt toil as it can and pass the Bill. If we the people of
India aren't satisfied with the LP Bill, we can decide to dethrone
these people in 2014. That's the way a democracy runs. And surely,
there's nothing wrong in letting the Govt know that we are monitoring
its performance and that renewal of its tenure will be performance-
based.
Such importance imparted to the LP Bill, that has captured public
sentiments, can mean only one thing - the present Govt LOVES to cling
on to power. That is their prime objective, NOT to serve the people.

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 at 10:49 IST

Working day and night for what? To create a toothless bill with gaping holes in it, so that their murky business can proliferate without any hindrance. The last word out in the media was that only for the cases filed by LOKPAL the CBI will be under its administation, which is a sham. Why dosen't the ruling class understand that they cannot continue with this fledgling democracy for ever, and have to become answerable to people, they are just delaying the inevitable.

from:  Saurabh Jha
Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 at 09:57 IST

we dont want you to work day and night the bill already is well drafted
just implement it...dont waste time

from:  srivatsan
Posted on: Dec 18, 2011 at 23:10 IST

Seems, these people are diverting our attention from FDI. Govt has approved FDI in broadcast carriage services

from:  Alex
Posted on: Dec 18, 2011 at 14:41 IST

In 2009, we the people of India voted him to Power. He is doing wonderful job than any of his counterparts from rest of world. Only thing that lacks with him, is he doesn't have an effective or planned media campaign like other President and Prime ministers from rest of world do.Because of this reason, i think media(especially TV news) have taken him for a ride.And his image has been tarnished.

from:  Thulasidas T P
Posted on: Dec 18, 2011 at 14:35 IST

Isn't he the same man who keeps mum, and his Ministers keep cracking! I do not believe a word he says. Let me be crystal. Anyways, i will be waiting for the final draft, as i am sure will millions of others, and only then will i believe whether this Government is even capable to work. Let's forget the day-and-night connotation. And may i remind Manmohan, as he and his Team have conveniently forgotten that action speaks far louder than words. So stop saying this to the media, and let your actions speak. I can bet you that the Indian leute will expect nothing less.

from:  Sunit Jang Bahadur
Posted on: Dec 18, 2011 at 13:48 IST

B S Kumar could not have put it any better

from:  Raj
Posted on: Dec 18, 2011 at 13:30 IST

Working day and night? Yet the economy is going to dogs. Inflation is rising like mushroom clouds over Hiroshima and corruption is eating right into the very foundations of the country. Terrorism is rampant in every part of the country.

from:  Amit
Posted on: Dec 18, 2011 at 13:01 IST

On the corruption issue, Manmohan Singh's government has always acted under threats and pressures. This has been amply demonstrated in Anna's 13-day long fast last August. After trying all kinds of disruptive tactics, notably through Congress party's human bile duct Digvijay Singh and his stunt double Kapil Sibal, to derail the anti-corruption bill, Prime Minister at last found all his escape routes cut off. By saying that he is serious about passing the Lokpal bill, he is only making a virtue out of necessity. He is not obliging us by working 'day and night'. Because he dragged his feet for far too long and employed all manner of dilatory and evasive ploys, the anti-corruption bill has taken that long to fructify. Even now it faces lot of bumps and scrapes. As long as Rahul Gandhi has not given the green signal, the Lokpal bill can't be said to have passed until it is actually passed. 'Working day and night' would only be Sisyphus labour.

from:  Sarat Pattanayak
Posted on: Dec 18, 2011 at 11:23 IST

But it doesn't seem to borne out any fruit.

from:  vamsi
Posted on: Dec 18, 2011 at 11:04 IST

i think there is a big trust deficit between the government , opposition and anna. Agree that Anna has been harsh on government, but there should be a place where both parties(politics and people) have to draw a line.

from:  www.collegekart.com
Posted on: Dec 18, 2011 at 10:36 IST

After more than forty years, the Government is working day and night to create a bill that appears clear as daylight to the public, but is murky as midnight in reality. Why else would it have to work day and night to put in place a clear intent to root out corruption and make it easier to prosecute against?

from:  B S Kumar
Posted on: Dec 18, 2011 at 09:58 IST

As humble as a Prime Minister can be, at the same time making his views clear.Shows the charater of what he is.Makes me think, the governments functions was not that bad, as it is made to look, under his leadership. But yes the functions were more curtailed because of the half mandate it got from the people. WE have to give a serious thought to it.Beause of the hung mandate, it was forced to adust to the demands of regional Political parties.The parites with even 10 or 12 MPs found a place in the ministry.rediculous, but a hole in our system. Here after atleast, we the people of India should give the required numbers to which ever parties we like to form the government. Its the only way we can look forward for a stable and performing government, else the government would be spending most of the time, trying for a way to survive.

from:  Jaya Prakash
Posted on: Dec 18, 2011 at 09:36 IST

I am happy that the PM has come out firmly on both the nuclear plant and the dam issue. It is unfotunate that we have a CM who wants to oppose anything which is not her own creation. Her enemy is her own ego and arrogance. Unless she changes her way of working, the situation will not improve.

from:  rmn
Posted on: Dec 18, 2011 at 08:50 IST

On the corruption issue, Manmohan Singh's government has always acted under threats and
pressures. This has been amply demonstrated in Anna's 13-day long fast last August. After
trying all kinds of disruptive tactics, notably through Digvijay Singh and his stunt double Kapil Sibal, to derail the anti-corruption bill, Prime
Minister at last found all his escape routes cut off. By saying that he is serious about passing
the Lokpal bill, he is only making a virtue out of necessity. He is not obliging us by working
'day and night'. Because he dragged his feet for far too long and employed all manner of
dilatory and evasive ploys, the anti-corruption bill has taken that long to fructify. Even now it
faces lot of bumps and scrapes. As long as Rahul Gandhi has not given the green signal, the
Lokpal bill can't be said to have passed until it is actually passed. 'Working day and night'
would only be Sisyphus labour.

from:  Sarat Pattanayak
Posted on: Dec 18, 2011 at 06:40 IST

This guy can say all he wants - I'm not buying a single word he utters. He keeps harping about economic growth when everything in the country regularly costs more. We recently had Dr Sen rip apart our so-called developmental progress. The country is attacked with nonchalance yet still we have under the table defense procurement. Our prime anti-terror agency, the NIA, it seems functions out of the top floor of a mall. There are in our country several swathes of territory in which the writ of the State doesn't run. We have an apparently erudite Harvard-educated Telecom Minister who wants the Net regulated for "unpleasant material" and who claimed 0 loss in the 2G scam. Our Prime Ministerial candidate issues whimsical verbal outbursts as his "press statements". This is the quality of his ministry, and of him. And we are supposed to believe this guy? He must be nuttier than a fruitcake if he expects that anything he says is to be believed by us.

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Dec 18, 2011 at 05:32 IST

Proof of the pudding is in the eating. Working day and night does not mean anything if such work does not yield any fruits worth eating. As for claiming that investment to the tune of crores of Rupees should not lie idle you do not consume an outdated medicine just because you have already paid for the medicine.Sure something for the money is better than nothing for the money. But nothing is better than nonsense. Hence decide the merits of the case on its inherent value and not on the money that has been spent rightly or wrongly.

from:  T.S.Krishnaswamy
Posted on: Dec 18, 2011 at 02:32 IST
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