Congress leaders Shashi Tharoor, Anand Sharma and Jairam Ramesh were today retained as the heads of parliamentary standing committees on information-technology, home affairs and science and environment respectively.
BJP’s Sushil Kumar Modi, former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, replaced Bhupendra Yadav as the chairman of the panel on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice, after Mr Yadav was appointed as a minister.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla today reconstituted Parliamentary Standing Committees relating to various departments in consultation with Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.
BJP member Jual Oram will retain the chairmanship of the defense committee, with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi as a member.
Kerala MP Shashi Tharoor has also been retained as chairman of the Information Technology Committee, which has been plagued by controversies, with BJP members openly criticizing Mr Tharoor’s actions as panel chief.
Congress MP Anand Sharma will continue to be the Chairman of the Parliamentary Panel on Home Affairs and Mr. Ramesh will retain the chairmanship of the Committee on Science and Technology, Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
According to the bulletin issued by both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariats, the reconstituted committees for the year 2021-22 will come into effect from September 13.
BJP MP Ravi Shankar Prasad has been included in the Parliamentary Panel on Finance and Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank as Member in the Panel on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice.
Another BJP member Prakash Javadekar has been made a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Mr Prasad, Mr Nishank and Mr Javadekar were dropped as Union ministers in the last cabinet reshuffle in July. Former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has been included in the Information Technology panel as a member, while Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur has been included in the panel of Railways. YSR Congress’s Vijayasai Reddy as chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce, Samajwadi Party’s Ram Gopal Yadav on health and family welfare, TRS member K Keshav Rao of Industries, DMK’s Kanimozhi in the panel on chemicals and fertilizers and JD(U). has been appointed from K Rajeev Ranjan Singh will head the panel on Energy.
PC Gaddigoudar will head the panel on agriculture, on coal and steel BJP member Rakesh Singh and Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh have been appointed as the chairman of the energy committee.
Trinamool Congress member Sudip Bandyopadhyay will continue to head the panel on food, consumer affairs and public distribution and BJD member Bhartrihari Mahtab will continue to head the panel on labour.
All three Rajya Sabha members of Shiv Sena have been transferred to new committees, Sanjay Raut has been shifted from defence to abroad, Anil Desai from coal and steel to commerce and Priyanka Chaturvedi from commerce to transport, tourism and culture. has shifted.
These three members had good attendance last year.
Similarly, Chhaya Verma (Congress) has been removed from the Agriculture Panel for Social Justice and Empowerment, Manoj Kumar Jha (RJD) from Railways for Labor, Shaktisinh Gohil (Congress) from IT Transport and Sasmit Patra (BJD) from Education Personnel, Public. Grievance and Law and Justice.
Congress’s Abhishek Manu Singhvi has also been dropped from the Defense to Home panel, while Derek O’Brien (Trinamool) has been shifted from Transport to Home and Indu Bala Goswami (BJP) from Health to Science and Technology.
Mausam Noor (Trinamool) has also been shifted from the panel on commerce to water resources and MC Mary Kom from food to urban development.
The changed Rajya Sabha members include nine from BJP, six from Trinamool, four from Congress, three each from Shiv Sena, CPM, RJD, YSRCP and two each from DMK, BJD and TRS and one each from other parties. .
Sources said 50 of the 237 Rajya Sabha members nominated by Chairman Naidu have been changed to new committees.
Sources said out of these 50, 28 included those who had poor attendance in the meetings of the committees held during 2020-21 and 12 out of these 28 had zero attendance.
Shri Naidu had suggested consideration of attendance while recommending the members of 24 committees of Parliament.
Sources said attendance-based enrollment and changes could have been higher, but some leaders said the poor attendance last year was due to the COVID-19 pandemic and state elections.
The chairmen of other department-related parliamentary panels have not been changed, most of which are headed by BJP MPs. Every year 24 department-related Parliamentary Standing Committees are constituted. Each panel consists of 21 members from the Lok Sabha and 10 from the Rajya Sabha.
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