December 27th, 2011 10:53 EST
Indian Prime Minister: Government Draft Lives Up To Promise
New Delhi: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday rejected the charge of opposition that his government had drafted a weak Lokpal Bill.
Manmohan Singh said in the Indian parliamentt, "I would like to assure all my colleagues in this August House that the Lokpal Bill drafted by the government lives up to the promise made in the Sense of the House."
While accpeting that his government has not done enough to tackle corruption, he appealed to all the Parliamentarians to rise above party politics and ensure smooth passage of the Lokpal Bill.
"The nation is waiting with bated breath for Lokpal Bill and I have honest belief that the Bill presented by the government lives up to the expectations," he said.
"Commenting on the CBI inclusion under Lokpal Bill, Singh said, I would like to assure you all that the CBI should function independently but within the constitutional framework," he said adding, "I believe CBI should function independently of Lokpal."
"Argument of independence of the CBI does not mean absence of accountability," he said.
It is to mention here anti corruption activist Anna Hazare today begins his three day long fast in Mumbai to fast against the government draft.