Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Strong Lokpal bill in the offing: Antony

Tuesday, November 08, 2011, 22:56
Thiruvananthapuram: Defence Minister AK Antony on Tuesday said the government will bring out a "strong" Lokpal bill wherein it will become difficult for anyone in position to work without accountability.

All those who work in public life would have to surrender to the rule of law and subjected to the scrutiny of social auditing, he said at a function here.

"Ministers, MLAs, judiciary, officials, businessmen and media persons will have to stand before the scrutiny of people and have to be accountable to people," he said.

"No one can run away from it," Antony said, adding all should prepare themselves to face the change.

Noting that Right to Information Act was only a beginning, he said it was going to be extended to many more areas. Antony said role of media in the present context was very important.

As a matter of caution, he said media also should subject themselves for criticism and self introspection. Media could influence the society and so, the reports they file should not be unilateral.

"While giving breaking news, media should also think about its consequences," he said. PTI
Strong Lokpal bill in the offing: Antony

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