Parliamentary panel to look at India’s Covid response

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 14

With the world in the middle of major health pandemic throwing out of gear everything around, the global response to Covid-19 and India’s contribution in dealing with the challenge is among the clutch of issues that will come under Parliamentary oversight during 2020-2021.

Over the past few months, India responded to the global needs for medical supplies, including medicines and preventive kits, to over 120 countries, working on a common response strategy with neighbouring countries and specific assistance to countries that sought.

The Parliamentary standing committee on External Affairs is headed by PP Chaudhury (BJP) and includes among others former Union Minster for External Affairs Preneet Kaur and Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

Another critical subject taken up for detailed examination includes India and Indo-Pacific region: Strategies for engagement and cooperation. The selection becomes important in the context of the current geo-strategic environment with Chinese taking objection to the renaming of the region from Asia-Pacific.

The subjects to be taken up offer an interesting study, including India’s neighbourhood first policy, extended neighbourhood: from look east to act east, engagement with the African countries, potential for developing relations with Latin America, West Asia policy: An overview, European Union and India and a critical review of India-US relations.

Besides, the committee decided to take a look at reforming the United Nation: Imperatives and challenges, India and international law, including its extradition treaties with foreign countries, asylum issues, international cyber-security and issues of financial crimes, countering global terrorism at regional and international levels.

India’s position in the ongoing climate change negotiations, India’s soft power and cultural diplomacy: Prospects and limitations and welfare of Indian diaspora: Policies/schemes figures among the subjects as does India and bilateral investment treaties a subject that has been under discussion in the higher echelons of the government amid differing perceptions on the efficacy of free trade agreements.

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