The suggestion to hold virtual meetings was rejected by both the houses on the apprehension that information about the proceedings of the committees could be leaked.
Various Standing Committees of Parliament have refused to hold any virtual session. It is likely that the regular general meetings of the committees will resume in July. Standing committees are not currently holding their regular meetings due to the deadly second wave of Coronavirus.
According to sources, most of the Members of Parliament, senior officers and support staff have been given corona vaccine and active cases of corona infection have also started decreasing. In view of this, it is expected that these meetings can be resumed in July. The decision not to hold the virtual session has been taken by the committees after the Congress and some other opposition parties appealed to the secretariats- both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha to hold these meetings virtual.
Proceedings likely to be leaked in virtual meetings
The suggestion of the opposition parties to hold virtual meetings was rejected by both the houses due to the apprehension that information about the proceedings of the committees could be leaked. Sources said that the proceedings of these committees are confidential and cannot be shared in the public domain without proper consent.
Sources also said that at present there is no provision regarding virtual parliamentary standing committee meetings. When some members asked to convene these meetings, both the secretariats rejected it as these meetings are completely confidential and the possibility of video leaks of these meetings is more in virtual meetings.
The meeting of standing committees is confidential
When a senior minister was asked about organizing a virtual meeting, he replied that there should be no virtual meeting. These are the most confidential meetings and are related to the security of the nation. Sources said that members have already been informed that virtual meetings are not possible due to the confidentiality and sensitive nature of these meetings.
In addition, the members of the committees have to travel to attend meetings and are of different ages. The current situation of Corona is not completely right at the moment, in such a situation it would be a crime to put their lives in danger. Therefore, it has been decided not to hold these meetings. Let the Parliamentary Standing Committees debate and make suggestions on various issues and laws brought before them.
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