Opposition demands for virtual meeting of parliamentary committee likely to be rejected

Opposition demands for virtual meeting of parliamentary committee likely to be rejected

The opposition demand for a virtual meeting of parliamentary committees is probably going to be rejected reportedly over the confidentiality clause. Sources said Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Rajya Sabha Chairman and vice chairman Venkaiah Naidu will hold a gathering on Saturday on the stress of holding virtual meetings of the parliamentary committee.

Sources have also said the demand to carry virtual meetings via videoconferencing is probably going to be rejected citing sensitive information being leaked via unsafe platforms.

Sources also said that with the reopening of air and rail services during a graded manner, there would be no obstacle within the movement of parliamentary committee members. The meetings of both houses of Parliament were suspended over the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

Parliament committee meetings will resume within the first week of June, sources said.

Several Opposition leaders and parliamentary committee members had demanded virtual meetings via videoconferencing.

On Friday, opposition parties, chaired by interim Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, held a virtual meeting during which they attacked the Modi government over the handling of coronavirus crisis within the country, with Sonia Gandhi terming the prime minister's announcement of the economic package to affect things as a "cruel joke on the country".

These parties also asked the Centre to present a revised comprehensive economic package which will be a "true stimulus" and sought reversal of all unilateral policy decisions, especially concerning labour laws, as they put forth an 11-point demand charter before the govt during a virtual meeting, called by the Congress to debate things arising out of the pandemic also because the lockdown.