President signs Bill, Lokpal set to become law

Pranab MukherjeeThe Lokpal Bill, after rounds of debate and discourse in the Houses of Parliament, as well as the greater outside, is set to become a law after receiving presidential assent from Pranab Mukherjee.

The much-awaited Lokpal Bill got the assent from President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday, providing for creation of an anti-graft watchdog which will bring under its purview even the Prime Minister with certain safeguards.

The Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on December 17 and by the Lok Sabha the next day.

The Lok Sabha secretariat had sent to the Law Ministry a copy of the Bill on Tuesday, which had been signed by Speaker Meira Kumar. The Bill was then forwarded to the Rashtrapati Bhavan for the President's assent, official sources said.

The President has signed the Lokpal Bill, the sources said.

The Bill was to become an Act after the signing by the President and following certain procedures.

After the assent by the President, Secretary of the Legislative Department in the Law Ministry will sign it and send it for publication in the official gazette.

The Bill aims to set up institution of Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in states by law enacted by respective legislatures within one year of coming into force of the Act.

The Bill was first passed by the Lok Sabha at the fag end of the winter session of 2011, but not by the Rajya Sabha, where it was debated but the house was adjourned before voting on it.

Later, a select committee of the Rajya Sabha had suggested changes in the Bill, most of which which were incorporated and approved by the Union Cabinet. Following the amendments, the Rajya Sabha had passed the bill.

The Lokpal had become a bone of contention among ruling Congress, opposition BJP and civil societies with each one of them wanting to make changes in it to make it more effective.

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