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Lack Of Reliable Platforms May Renounce Virtual Meeting Of Parliamentary Committees: Sources

Lack Of Reliable Platforms May Renounce Virtual Meeting Of Parliamentary Committees: Sources

Lack Of Reliable Platforms May Renounce Virtual Meeting Of Parliamentary Committees: Sources

New Delhi: Sources have said, the government is likely to refuse opposition demand for a virtual meeting of parliamentary committees, exemplifying the lack of reliable platforms to conduct these video conferences.

The government was reluctant to risk delicate data being dripped through insecure platforms and it was important to maintain confidentiality when discussing parliamentary affairs, said sources.

With the phased re-opening of air and rail services, and the centre allowing inter-state travel, there was no impediment to the movement of parliamentary committee members, Added the Sources.

Parliamentary meetings can, therefore, resume June 1, sources added.

Sittings of both houses of parliament had been suspended over the nationwide coronavirus lockdown.

22 opposition parties, on Friday, accommodated an online meeting chaired by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, in which they hit the government over its rejoinder to the coronavirus crisis and put out a charter of demands that included restoring the functioning of parliament and oversight with immediate effect.

"All power is concentrated in one office, the PMO," Mrs Gandhi said, opening the meeting, the centre had abandoned any pretence of democracy.

Congress leaders Jairam Ramesh, Shashi Tharoor and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, as well as the Biju Janata Dal's Bharthari Mahatab, are among the leaders to make these demands.

Both the government and the opposition have regularly used online video conferencing software, including Zoom, to hold meetings and communicate with the press amid the lockdown.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu are expected to meet later today to discuss reconvening of parliament during the COVID-19 outburst.

This will be their third meeting on the subject.

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