Sibal can quit panel if he has no faith in it - Anna Hazare

A fresh controversy threatened to erupt on Monday over the Lokpal Bill after telecom minister Kapil Sibal said that an anti-corruption ombudsman would not address needs like schools or healthcare. Gandhian leader Anna Hazare hit back suggesting the minister quit a committee intended to draft the legislation. Reacting to a reported statement of Sibal on the Lokpal institution, he said, “If Sibal feels that nothing will happen due to the Lokpal Bill then he should resign from the joint committee as soon as possible.” Sibal sought to nip the spat on Monday, clarifying that he meant the scope of the bill was different. "I said that if you want to educate children, then this has no connection to Lokpal. If there is no water... Lokpal is only connected to corruption and we will bring a good bill that will stop corruption," he said.
On Sunday, Sibal told a public meeting: “I ask this question, if a poor child does not have any means for education, then how will Lokpal Bill help? If a poor man needs help for medical services, then he will call up a politician. How will Lokpal Bill help?” The Congress also virtually rejected Gandhian Anna Hazare’s demand for “videographing” or telecasting proceedings of the joint committee drafting the Lokpal bill.