Parliamentary standing panels to be in place by August end: Naidu

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 01:29

New Delhi: The Parliamentary Standing Committees are likely to be in place by this month end as the political parties have given the names of their MPs for the purpose.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today said the announcement of names and the setting up of the committees would be completed by this week and that these panels would start functioning by this month end.

"The spadework for the standing committees has been done. Political parties have already given their names. Of course, some of them were late.

"I think, from tomorrow onwards, the work will start and be completed this week," he told reporters here.

"They (the panels) should start working immediately in the inter session period between August and November. The standing committees will meet and they will address the issues referred to them," he added.

Meanwhile, welcoming the talks between the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Chief Ministers in a bid to sort out differences between the two states on various issues, Naidu said that the Centre would not interfere in the administrative functioning of state governments.

"If at all there are issues which are pending with the (Centre), and if both the states (involved) want central assistance, then only will the central government step in.
"Otherwise, by itself, (Centre) will not interfere in the administrative and functional issues of state governments. As far as the Centre is is concerned, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are one and the same for us," Naidu said.

He urged the two chief ministers to meet frequently to address the issues which crop up between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

"It will really help ease the tension and misunderstanding created between various people. It is better that both chief ministers meet frequently, open up and try to identify the issues and sort those," he said.

PTI
First Published: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 01:29

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