Government will introduce the Lokpal Bill during the monsoon session of Parliament, and once passed, corruption cases will be handled by fast track courts for speedy disposal, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ashwini Kumar today said. Describing corruption as a “national issue” and not the concern of just an individual or any political party, Kumar told reporters here that the government”s accountability and responsibility would increase with the passage of the legislation.

The UPA government, he said, had already taken some “constructive steps” to control corruption and fast track courts had also been set up.

Maintaining that corruption had an adverse impact on the country”s economy, he said a legal framework would be put in place for effective disposal of corruption cases.

After some tough posturing, the government today gave in to the growing public protest spearheaded by Gandhian Anna Hazare against corruption and issued a gazette notification for formation of a committee to draft an effective Lokpal Bill.

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