ET had reported on Thursday that Standing Committee on Labour chairman Bhartruhari Mahtab had written to the Speaker 10 days ago that over 23 countries, including UK and US that have several common parliamentary practices with India, have been holding virtual parliament and panel sittings. The heads of various parliamentary committees, including Anand Sharma and Shashi Tharoor, too had made similar requests earlier.
Naidu and Birla met at the Vice-President’s official residence on Thursday to discuss the feasibility of the video sittings of parliamentary committees. “They felt that if the situation does not allow conventional meetings of the committees in the near future, alternative means of enabling such meetings may be explored,” a source said and added that the two directed the secretary generals of the Houses to explore the pros and cons of the innovation.
Lok Sabha secretary general Snehlata Srivastava and her Rajya Sabha counterpart Desh Deepak Verma will look into the Rules of Business of the two Houses, the experience of various countries in holding such virtual meetings and the “time required to enable secure technology platforms required for such mode of meetings”, the source said. The Speaker and RS Chairman will take a decision based on the recommendations to the secretary generals.
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Anil 264 days ago
Seeing the palatial bungalow with lush green lawns maintained by hundreds of workers and PWD using tax payers money makes me ask, is India a poor country? Definitely yes, it’s one of the poorest country. These bungalows and lawns in most expensive places are the ones I am talking about need first auction to save india on COVID, instead look what these people are doing. No jobs but taxing daru at seventy percent, petrol at 35-40 percent