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The officers instructed the panel that whereas they have been fairly hopeful of a breakthrough as India develops nearly 60% vaccines, there are international security protocols to be adopted which might take time, mentioned folks conscious of the matter.
Principal scientific advisor Okay Vijay Raghavan and senior officers of the Department of Science and Technology, Department of Biotechnology and the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research attended the meet.
Meanwhile, common conferences of parliamentary committees with bodily presence of members have begun as two panels- Public Accounts Committee and the Science and Technology- held their sitting on Friday and mentioned important COVID-19 associated issues in Parliament House annexe.
The Public Accounts Committee headed by Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury noticed a formidable attendance with no less than 13 of the 20 members attending the assembly. The panel has two vacancies.
While the agenda of the assembly was a dialogue on collection of topics for examination in 2020-21, Chowdhury raised the problem of funding of our bodies like PMCARES and the necessity to audit its earnings and expenditure. Chowdhury, nonetheless, didn’t title the fund.
Sources mentioned since Chowdhury was elevating the problem suo motu, the ruling celebration members objected to it and cited the priority of a ruling by KV Thomas within the Purti case the place the latter had dominated as chairperson that the matter needs to be listed on the agenda of the assembly for it to be taken up.
Chowdhury mentioned beneath Rule 308 of the Parliamentary Committee Rules the expenditure incurred by any public fund on Covid-19 needs to be made public.
Rule 308 states that the PAC has a proper to look at the appropriation of funds granted by the House for “expenditure of the Government of India, the annual finance accounts of the Government of India and such other accounts laid before the House as the Committee may think fit”.
PAC additionally has the appropriate to scrutinize appropriation accounts of the federal government and the studies of the CAG. The BJP members insisted that the federal government funds dealing particularly with COVID-19 haven’t been sanctioned by Parliament nor drawn from the Consolidated Fund of India and therefore can’t be taken up by PAC.
The Science and Technology, Environment, Forests and Climate Change Standing Committee headed by Congress chief Jairam Ramesh additionally held its assembly in Parliament House annexe. However, solely six members and the Chairperson have been current within the assembly that mentioned the “preparedness to deal with Covid-19 and other pandemics in future”.