Ok V Prasad
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 10
More than three months after Parliament was adjourned abruptly, the Rajya Sabha Committee on Science & Technology met on Friday with three scientific our bodies making shows to the panel on preparedness for Covid19 and past.
The assembly of the panel headed by former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh assumes significance because it marks the resumption of the method that remained halted since March 23. A scheduled assembly final month of the Anand Sharma-led Standing Committee on Home Affairs couldn’t be held since some MPs expressed incapability to attend on account of journey restrictions and quarantine guidelines in states they symbolize. The Committee is now on account of meet on July 15.
“I’m glad that Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committees have resumed functioning, three and half months because the final sitting of Parliament on March 23,’’ Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu mentioned in a tweet.
He mentioned the coronavirus pandemic did forged a shadow on the working of those committees, which perform on behalf of the Parliament.
While many MPs, particularly these within the opposition, had been eager that the Committees start their oversight work via digital conferences, underneath the present guidelines and confidential nature of the work it couldn’t be held with out bodily presence of members. The Committee conferences will not be open. It is barely after a report is finalised and introduced to Parliament or to the Chairman/Speaker its contents can come out.
Opposition MPs have been elevating the problem of holding of digital conferences of the panels and Parliament session too. Several parliaments have devised methods to carry periods within the face of the worldwide pandemic that requires following of strict protocols, together with social distancing.
On his half, the Chairman mentioned all attainable measures had been taken to allow Committee conferences by complying with the norms of social distancing, sporting of masks additional to the lifting of restrictions on home air journey in May following lockdown.
At in the present day’s assembly, sources aware about the proceedings mentioned the Principal Scientific Adviser, and officers from the Department of Bio-Technology, Department of Science and Technology and Central Scientific and Industrial Research gave shows associated to well being, gear, vaccines, medication and prescription drugs in regard to coronavirus.