Lokpal Bill drafting committee Meeting Today

The 10-member joint committee comprising five ministers and five civil society representatives, for drafting the anti-graft Lokpal Bill will hold its first meeting in New Delhi on Saturday. The meeting of will begin at 11.30 a.m., sources added. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is the chairman of the committee while social reformer Anna Hazare , who went on a 97-hour fast In New Delhi to demand a stronger Lokpal (ombudsman) Bill to tackle corruption, is one of the five members from the civil society. Law Minister Veerappa Moily, Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal and Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khursheed are the other ministerial members. Former law minister Shanti Bhushan, representing the civil society, is the co-chairman.
Besides Hazare and Shanti Bhushan, lawyer Prashant Bhushan, Right To Information activist Arvind Kejriwal and former Supreme Court judge N. Santosh Hegde are also on the committee. All members of the committee are likely to attend the meeting, sources said. "The first meeting is likely to be of an introductory nature," Prashant Bhushan told media.