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    House panel meets lined up, but Covid fears remain

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    The new PAC constituted at the beginning of this financial year has not held any meeting so far. The first meeting is crucial as selection of subjects to be taken up will be finalised in this sitting. Standing Committee on Labour Chairperson Bhartruhari Mahtab is optimistic that a meeting can be convened soon.

    Sources said PAC Chairperson Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury had fixed a meeting for July 3, the fourth such meeting since the committee was reconstituted this financial year.
    New Delhi:Parliamentary committees are hopeful of having a regular meeting with members being physically present but there are still apprehensions about whether these plans will see the light of day in July as the number of Covid-19 cases rise in the national capital and quarantine rules continue in Unlock 2.

    The Public Accounts Committee has scheduled its meeting for the fifth time to July 10. Sources said PAC Chairperson Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury had fixed a meeting for July 3, the fourth such meeting since the committee was reconstituted this financial year.

    It was postponed to July 10 (Friday) as members expressed their inability to attend. All the sittings were fixed for Fridays with the hope that a weekend will be more convenient for the members to make it to the meeting.

    The new PAC constituted at the beginning of this financial year has not held any meeting so far. The first meeting is crucial as selection of subjects to be taken up will be finalised in this sitting.

    Unlike other parliamentary committees, the PAC chairperson is only the “first among equals” and cannot decide the agenda unilaterally. It has to be done in a sitting of the panel.
    ( Originally published on Jun 30, 2020 )
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