Rajya Sabha Issues Guidelines For Holding Parliamentary Panels' Meeting

Members have to make sure conformity with bodily distancing norms. (File)

New Delhi:

The MPs attending Parliamentary Standing Committee conferences must sit six ft aside, and less than two witnesses from the ministry involved can seem earlier than the panel at a time.

That is a part of the eight-point protocol set by the Rajya Sabha secretariat maintaining in thoughts the COVID-19 pandemic, forward of the conferences of the Standing Committees on Science and Know-how and Residence Affairs on July 10 and 15 respectively.

The assembly of the Standing Committee on Residence Affairs was convened by its chairman Anand Sharma on June 3, but it surely needed to be known as off as members expressed their incapacity to attend it in view of the prevailing state of affairs as a result of pandemic.

As members had been dealing with problem in attending the panel conferences attributable to journey and quarantine restrictions, Congress chief Jairam Ramesh, who’s the chairman of the Standing Committee on Science and Know-how, Atmosphere and Local weather Change, has written to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to permit digital participation of members within the assembly.

The 2 presiding officers of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha had earlier deliberated on the difficulty of holding digital panel conferences. Nonetheless, they haven’t given their approval for it attributable to current guidelines that require modifications by the Guidelines Committee of Parliament and a decision by the Home, in accordance with sources.

The Rajya Sabha has eight Division Associated Parliamentary Standing Committees of the Home, of which two are chaired by Congress leaders Anand Sharma and Jairam Ramesh.

“Revered M Venkaiah Naidu garu, Standing Committee on Science & Know-how is scheduled to fulfill on July 10th. MPs throughout events have requested for digital sitting of Committee to debate S&T points associated to COVID-19. I hope you’ll permit. The place there may be will, there may be ability (sic),” Mr Ramesh stated on Twitter.

In his letter to the Chairman, Mr Ramesh stated the panel will talk about ongoing S&T associated points regarding COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing and future S&T programmes to reinforce resilience and capability to take care of such crises.

“Many members of the Committee have expressed their incapacity to attend this assembly due to journey restrictions, quarantine and different constraints. I’m uncertain if we will muster up a quorum.

“However each member no matter social gathering affiliation has requested for a digital sitting of the Committee. Certainly, this may be organized – numerous different nations have held even full Parliament periods in a digital mode. I as soon as once more request you to permit digital conferences of the Standing Committees,” he stated.

As per the protocol for conferences of Rajya Sabha Committees, members have to make sure conformity with bodily distancing norms.

Rajya Sabha Secretariat had mentioned the protocol to be adopted on Could 28, anticipating conferences of some Committees after restrictions on home air journey had been eliminated on Could 25.

Officers mentioned the difficulty once more and introduced the up to date protocol forward of the 2 scheduled conferences.

“Members of the Committee to be seated at a distance of 6 ft and applicable preparations to be made to accommodate the utmost doable participation.

“Solely two witnesses from the Ministry/Division showing earlier than the Committee for proof can be allowed at a time and if extra variety of witnesses had been to be examined, it could be achieved in turns.
There isn’t a restriction on the variety of witnesses to be examined by the Committees,” the brand new protocol stated.

It additionally acknowledged that materials associated to the conferences can be equipped to members as tender copies, and reporters can be accommodated within the nicely of the Committee Rooms for taking verbatim observe of the proceedings of the Committees.

Whereas participation of officers associated to the Committees can be restricted, the participation of members within the conferences can be ascertained upfront in order to make sure vital logistics.

Hand Sanitizers, disposable masks and gloves for the members, witnesses, officers and workers of the Secretariat can be ensured on the entrance of the Committee Rooms and their attendance may even be taken outdoors underneath the brand new protocols, the sources stated.

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