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All parliamentary panels to get going

delhi Updated: Sep 14, 2011 01:59 IST
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After a delay of two weeks, all the parliamentary standing committees, including the ones that are examining the Lokpal and Land Acquisition Bills, are set to be reconstituted on Wednesday.

Since the term of these committees expired on August 31, their functioning had come to a standstill with several key bills pending before them.

“A common notification is being issued on Wednesday. The delay was due to some smaller parties which had failed to give the names of their nominees on time,” Lok Sabha secretary general TK Vishwanathan told HT.

But these committees can not meet till September 23 as a large section of the parliamentary staff would be engaged in other official programmes.

Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari had already given a one-year extension to the Upper House MPs in various committees as 70 new http://www.hindustantimes.com/images/HTPopups/140911/14_09_pg15a.jpgmembers will come by April 2012. Sources said Ansari wants to nominate the new faces come in April.

This means Amar Singh, expelled by the Samajwadi Party and currently in judicial custody, will continue to be a part of the parliamentary panel on personnel, public grievances, law and justice. CPM’s Sitaram Yechury will also continue to head the panel on travel, tourism and culture despite the Left’s shrinking numbers in parliament.

The law and justice committee is dealing with the lokpal bill and is slated to submit its report in the winter session of parliament. There are five vacancies in the panel, expected to be filled up with the reconstitution.

Congress MP Manish Tewari, who had accused Anna Hazare of being corrupt, had recused himself from this panel. But the party re-nominated him and its members for another term.