Former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi on Saturday replaced Bhupendra Yadav as the chairman of the Parliament’s Personnel, Public Grievances Law and Justice panel in a fresh reshuffle of the standing committees. In the new annual reshuffle, two top opposition leaders—Congress’s Abhishek Singhvi and Trinamool’s Derek O’Brien—have also moved to the Home Affairs Committee at a time when the opposition has sought the removal of junior Home Affairs Minister Ajay Kumar Mishra. Lakhimpur Kheri violence in which eight people died after a car rammed into a protest against farmers in UP.
According to a senior official, for the first time in the reshuffle, at least 28 Rajya Sabha MPs were dropped from the existing panel due to low attendance. Out of the 237 Rajya Sabha members nominated by Chairman Venkaiah Naidu for the 24 department-related standing committees for 2021-22, a total of 50 members of the Upper House have also been placed in the new committees. There was poor attendance in the meetings of the committees. Out of these 28 members, 12 members did not attend any meeting in the last one year due to COVID-19 or elections.
11 members of Rajya Sabha in the panel
Yadav became the Union Minister for Environment and Science and Labor in July this year. Most of the changes involving 50 members of the Rajya Sabha were suggested by the parties concerned. In major changes, Chhaya Devi Verma has shifted from agriculture to social justice and empowerment, while RJD professor Manoj Kumar Jha has been transferred from railways to labour. Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohail will join the transport panel from the IT committee while Sasmit Patra of the BJD is now on the education committee from the law and justice committee.
Another official said, there are 24 standing committees and each panel has 11 members from Rajya Sabha and 20 from Lok Sabha. In the Rajya Sabha, the three members of Shiv Sena got new panels. Sanjay Raut moved from defence to foreign affairs, Anil Desai from coal and steel to commerce and Priyanka Chaturvedi from commerce to transport, tourism and culture. Last year all three had good attendance. Data from Rajya Sabha members shows that 9 BJP members, 6 from Trinamool Congress, 3 members from Congress (4), Sena, CPM, RJD, 3 each from YSRCP and 2 each from DMK, BJD and TRS, as per the advisory. Moved to new panel.
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