Rajya Sabha secretariat has asked the MPs of the Upper House to avoid any dubious invitations for foreign tours, in an attempt to safeguard lawmakers from possible unwarranted external influence.
The latest advisory mentions that lawmakers should check the “credentials” of the organisation or institution extending the hospitality, before accepting such invitations.
“Advisories are regularly sent to MPs. But the latest advisory is more detailed in nature and cautions our parliamentarians on specific issues,” said a MP of the Upper House.
MPs have also been advised to seek clearance from the foreign ministry at least 14 days for their foreign travel to avoid any last moment glitches. “Members should ensure that before proceeding abroad, the requisite permission of the Ministry of External Affairs has been obtained; as mere sending of the application will not amount to grant of statutory permission,” the advisory issued by Rajya Sabha Secretary General Sumsher Sheriff reads.
Top sources in the parliament secretariat said that there had been instances when MPs did not seek the clearance due to lack of time and went ahead for their tours. MPs have also been asked to ensure they have the receipt of political clearance from the Ministry of External Affairs before proceeding abroad.