ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Environment and Politics

November 15, 1986 Protecting the Cat from the Mouse The Lokpal Bill, 1985 Anil Nauriya IT is a matter of considerable relief that the Lokpal Bill 1985 was referred to a Joint Committee of the two Houses of Parliament. It is, however, to be regretted that the Committee's work has not proceeded very smoothly. At least a part of the interruption in its activities could have been avoided if a new Chairman had been appointed soon after the earlier incumbent became a minister. This was done only much later. Unless the Committee's work is speeded up, yet another opportunity for the establishment of the ombudsman machinery will be lost. As it happens, many Bills on the subject have lapsed in the past on account of inadequate legislative despatch.

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