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    Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury to continue as PAC chief

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    Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury will continue as the chairperson of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee along with all 30 members who were in the panel for another year.

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    Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury
    NEW DELHI: Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury will continue as the chairperson of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee along with all 30 members who were in the panel for another year. However, the public undertakings and estimates committees have seen some new members though the two panels will continue to be headed by Meenakshi Lekhi and Girish Balchandra Bapat, respectively.

    The Committee on Public Undertakings will have Ram Mohan Naidu Kinjarapu in place of Danish Ali from the Lok Sabha. Birendra Prasad Baishya, Anil Desai, Santosh Kumar Joginipally and M Shanmugam are members who will replace Anil Jain, Mohammad Ali Khan, Mahesh Poddar and AK Selvaraj. In the estimates committee, Nihal Chand Chauhan, Pinaki Misra and Ajay Bhatt will replace Dharambir Singh, Dilip Ghosh and Sunil Tatkare as members for 2020-21.

    Vice President Venkaiah Naidu held a meeting of the Rajya Sabha secretariat on Monday to discuss issues including the meeting of parliamentary panels and austerity measures in view of the pandemic. Naidu directed officials to initiate the process of filling up vacancies of chairpersons of eight committees caused due to retirement of Rajya Sabha members in April. They include Chairperson of Department Related Standing Committee on Human Resource Development, which was headed by Satyanarain Jatiya and standing panel on industries headed by K Keshav Rao. Heads of Privileges (Harivansh), Subordinate Legislation (T Subirami Reddy), and Papers Laid on Table of the House (CP Thakur) have also retired.

    Deputy Chairperson Harivansh, who has been re-elected to the House, also headed the MPLADS Committee in his last term. The ethics committee headed by Prabhat Jha and provision of computers headed by T Siva also are in need of new chiefs. Several members have conveyed to Naidu that their first priority was to fight Covid-19 and they may not be able to attend standing committee meetings. The RS has 20 vacancies. Polls to 18 seats were deferred due to the pandemic. Sharad Yadav’s case is sub-judice and death of BP Verma has created another vacancy.


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    1 Comment on this Story

    Ravindran Subramanyam266 days ago
    Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury is unfit to be in PAC as he is grossly incompetent and only knows how to "outshout" everyone!!!!
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