Lok Sabha Secretariat issues guidelines regarding holding of parliamentary panel meetings India News

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New Delhi: The Lok Sabha Secretariat on Friday issued guidelines regarding holding a meeting of Parliamentary Standing Committees with physical presence of members in Parliament House with some restrictions as the government is likely to call a monsoon session in August-end or September. Explores Coronavirus epidemic.
In the wake of the Kovid-19 outbreak, various panel chairmen requested Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Rajya Sabha Speaker Venkaiah Naidu to hold virtual meetings, but were not allowed.
The Lok Sabha Secretariat stated in its guidelines, “With the lockdown implemented from 1 July and with looseness, meetings of parliamentary committees can now be held given some restrictions.”
The Secretariat has directed that the seating arrangement in the committee room can be strictly followed by the social distinction criteria of six feet. Arrangements should be made for the Saints at the entrance of the committee room.
No printed material should be used for the purpose of sitting and all documents relating to the meeting should be sent to the members in soft form, the Lok Sabha Secretariat said, against the panel before being presented to the Ministry / Department for evidence. It is advisable for members to bring any material including annual reports or bags.
“The Ministry / Departments coming before the Committee may be advised to limit the number of officers to a maximum of five,” the notification states.
If the ministry is forced to bring more officers, their seating can be arranged in the lobby.
The Secretariat has also restricted the entry of its officers for verbatim recording of the meetings of the standing committees and has directed to arrange audio recordings of the meetings.
Sources said the parliamentary committee meeting is an exercise to prepare the Parliament for the monsoon session with the physical presence of members.
He further said that both Birla and Naidu have held several rounds of discussion about organizing monsoon session between the Kovid-19 epidemic.
Sources said on Wednesday that the government was exploring the possibility of holding a monsoon session of Parliament starting from the last week of August or the first week of September with the physical presence of members during the proceedings.
However, sources said that nothing has been finalized yet in view of the increasing cases of coronovirus and it would be difficult to specify how the session would be conducted following the norms of social disturbances.
The Budget session came to a halt on 23 March as the Kovid-19 pandemic died prematurely.
Workings resumed this week with a meeting of the Other Backward Classes (OBC) Welfare Committee in the Parliament Annexe.

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