RS Chairman, LS Speaker discuss possibility of virtual meetings of Parliamentary panels

RSTV Bureau
File Photo: Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.

File Photo: Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Monday discussed the possibility of holding Parliamentary Committee meetings through video conferencing amid the COVID-19-induced lockdown and asked the Secretaries General of both Houses to give a detailed report on it.

Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and Speaker Om Birla met at the Rajya Sabha Chairman’s chamber on the first day of the fourth phase of the nationwide lockdown. A Nationwide lockdown was imposed from March 25 to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus that has claimed 3,029 lives and infected 96,169 people in the country.

The Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha Secretaries General were asked to examine all issues regarding holding of Parliamentary Committee meetings through video conferencing and were asked to submit a detailed report for further consideration, sources said.

This is the second meeting of the presiding officers of both Houses of Parliament on the issue. The first meeting was on May 7.

On Monday, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and Speaker Om Birla were briefed by the Secretaries General on discussions they have held so far and in particular, about a safe technical platform for video conferencing to be provided by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), the sources said.

They were also informed about the technical arrangements to be put in place for enabling video conferencing and the issues likely to be faced during virtual meetings of the committees, they said.

According to sources, Rajya Sabha Chairman and Lok Sabha Speaker also discussed activities of members of Parliament during the lockdown and reported restrictions on their movement in some states.