Latest News Leader of the Congress party in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. File

Chief of the Congress get together in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. File

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Doable scrutiny of PM CARES prevents wider dialogue

A gathering of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) held on Friday noticed a heated alternate between the chairman and Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and BJP members after his insistence that the committee ought to focus on “COVID-19 pandemic and its ramifications”.

Mr Chowdhury’s suggestion was vetoed through the assembly which noticed an amazing presence of BJP members. Biju Janata Dal’s B Mahtab, Shiv Sena’s Rahul Shewale, JD (U)’s Rajiv Ranjan Singh and DMK’s T.R. Baalu had been the one non-BJP members current on the assembly.

In accordance with sources, proper on the outset of the assembly, Mr Chowdhury learn out a suo motu assertion, saying that the world is seeing unprecedented calamity. He urged that the committee deliberate upon COVID-19 and its ramifications particularly on the MSME and agriculture sector.

At this, sources stated BJD MP, Mr Mahtab identified that the laid down guidelines of process don’t enable any new topic to be taken up until there may be unanimity amongst members. BJP MP Bhupender Yadav too added that the PAC was constituted to deliberate and look at the studies filed by Comptroller Auditor Common of India (CAG). There have been precedents that on course of Lok Sabha Speaker the PAC has mentioned points, however the Chairman can not unilaterally resolve the topic of deliberation.

To this Mr. Chowdhury replied that within the unprecedented international conditions the foundations alone shouldn’t matter. The committee, he stated ought to work by consensus pushed by conscience.

This led to a heated alternate of phrases between him and the BJP members. Sources stated the BJP MPs feared that the topic proposed by Mr Chowdhury may additionally convey PM CARES underneath its ambit. This view was articulated by BJP MP Jagamdbika Pal, who stated the committee has not ever debated upon Nationwide PM Reduction Fund until date so why ought to it debate PM CARES.

Mr Mahtab, sources stated, additionally identified that the PAC is already overburdened. There are a complete of 125 studies which are pending with the PAC together with lots of them essential ones on “Indo-China Border Roads” constructed by the Border Roads Organisation.

As tempers rose, BJP MP Bhupender Yadav, urged {that a} vote needs to be known as on the problem to interrupt the deadlock. Clearly, outnumbered, Mr Chowdhury conceded.