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Kapil Sibal urges opposition to have debate on Copyrights Bill


December 20, 2011 - New Delhi

Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal, who introduced the Copyrights Bill in the Rajya Sabha, today urged the opposition parties to have a debate before rejecting the bill unanimously.

"The Copyrights Bill has been introduced in the Rajya Sabha. The opposition parties have always demanded that there should be a debate on black money, inflation and then only they will allow the Parliament to function," Sibal told the media here.

"We have accepted all their demands and all the debates are over then why do they want to stop this Bill. They should debate on this Bill as well and if they want a voting to be done then we are ready for that as well," he added.

The opposition parties including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), regional All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) from tabling the bill in the Rajya Sabha last week alleging that there was a conflict of interest.

Meanwhile, Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay commenting on the Lokpal Bill said the Central Government was committed to pass it in the Winter Session of Parliament.

"There is no pressure, only this is our task. Who initiated this Lokpal? We had initiated to bring Lokpal in this country and we want to bring it in this session as well. There is nothing wrong in that. We want to bring this Bill in this session itself," he said.

The Union Cabinet is expected to discuss the draft of the Lokpal Bill this evening. If it gets the Cabinet nod, the anti-graft bill would be introduced in the current session of Parliament.

Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid had on Monday said the ministers have cleaned up the draft of changes in the anti-graft bill.

"Now, the Union Cabinet will have to look in to the drafted bill and this will only happen when there will be signal from the Prime Minister," he told the media here after a high-level meeting of ministers chaired by Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram.

Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal was present in the meeting along with Chidambaram and Khurshid.

Despite assurances from Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh that the government is committed to bring in a strong and effective Lokpal Bill in the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament, Hazare has threatened to go ahead with his proposed indefinite fast from December 27 and court arrest agitation from January 1, 2012, if the Bill was not passed in the current Winter Session of Parliament.

ANI

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