Jan Lokpal Bill
India Against Corruption: Jan Lokpal Bill Reuters

Following huge pressure from civil society's 'India Against Corruption' campaign led by Anna Hazare on passing the proposed Jan Lokpal Bill at the earliest, the UPA government has decided to pass the much-awaited bill in the winter session of parliament.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said on Wednesday that the government will aim to pass a slew of legislation in the winter session of parliament commencing on Tuesday, including the anti-corruption Lokpal bill.

Parliament will also introduce the Food Security Bill, seeking to expand the scope of subsidised food entitlements to the poor, and the Mining Bill, aimed at sharing profits with local communities, Bansal said.

This assurance from the government came in the wake of repeated warnings from Team Anna that they would resume agitation if the government do not pass the bill in this winter season of the parliament.