Congress lawmaker Jairam Ramesh, who heads the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science & Technology, Environment & Forests, on Wednesday expressed displeasure over Rajya Sabha secretariat’s choice disallowing on-line participation of a few of the panel’s members for a gathering to debate Covid-19 pandemic.
He known as Rajya Sabha officers’ arguments towards his proposal for the digital participation “silly and bogus” and complained concerning the “disinformation virus”.
Ramesh wrote to Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu saying some panel members be allowed to take part just about as he feared an absence of quorum for the assembly.
At a gathering below Naidu’s chairmanship on Wednesday, Rajya Sabha officers identified that quorum is critical just for taking selections and adopting reviews and never for dialogue.
Officials underlined the Ramesh-led panel has held 32 conferences over the last three years and 22% of them had been with out a quorum. Many opposition lawmakers have been demanding on-line conferences of Parliamentary panels because of the Covid-19 pandemic.Naidu and Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla have held conferences and requested officers to seek out out an answer, however permissions for digital discussions haven’t been forthcoming.
Parliamentary panel conferences have all the time occurred contained in the House complicated amid a lot secrecy.
In a tweet, Ramesh stated, “Since I took over as Chairman of the Committee on Science & Technology, Environment, Forests & Climate Change, we have held 11 meetings from September 2019 to March 2020 with quorum in all meetings.”
He stated the purpose was not about quorum alone. “It is about facilitating those MPs [members of Parliament] who want to attend & are unable to because of containment zone & quarantine restrictions in their home states. Very different from not attending due to other commitments in normal times…” He referred to the dearth of quorum in earlier conferences. “On those occasions we did not have advance information always on who will attend and who will not. This time around MPs have informed before the meeting. Some have even requested for virtual meeting,” stated Ramesh.