Govt committed to strong Lokpal: Khurshid

FARRUKHABAD, Apr 30: Flaying the opposition for not cooperating on the Lokpal Bill, Law Minister Salman Khurshid has said the government was committed to bring a strong anti-corruption legislation.

“The union government is ready to accept every good proposal and is committed to bring a strong Lokpal Bill for which the opposition parties need also to cooperate”, the minister who was here on a day’s visit to his parliamentary constituency yesterday said in reply to a question on Swami Ramdev’s statement on black money.

He said that besides the Lokpal Bill, government is also committed to bring eight bills for further strengthening the Indian Penal code, checking corruption in judiciary, curbing atrocities on women and bringing transparency in government purchases during the monsoon session of Parliament.

For providing better health facilities in the state, the union government is vigilant towards providing a multi-speciality facility like the AIIMS, the minister said in reply to a question.

While refusing to give a direct reply to questions on reports of his move to resign from the ministry and instead working for the party organisation, he said that all depends on the wishes of party president Sonia Gandhi.

To a question on checking paid news being published in newspapers during elections, he said that centre was working towards finding a way besides the Election Commission is also trying to work it out.

The minister said that he has discussed ways and means like having a self-imposed code of conduct by the media managers on coverage of defence related matters with the chairman of the Press Council Justice Markandey Katju recently to guard national interests. (PTI)