Standing Committee proceedings confidential: RS

The proceedings of parliamentary committees are treated as confidential and no outsiders are associated with deliberations, Rajya Sabha has said.

New Delhi: The proceedings of parliamentary
committees are treated as confidential and no outsiders are
associated with deliberations, Rajya Sabha has told an RTI
activist turning down his plea to make public related
information.

The comments of the House were received on a petition of
activist S C Agrawal where he had sought to make public
deliberations of the parliament committees which are "shrouded
in secrecy even after the implementation of the RTI Act."
"I am directed to state that the General Purpose Committee
of Rajya Sabha in its meeting held on March 20, 2001 had not
agreed to the opening of proceedings of Standing Committee to
media and as such, the well established practice has been that
the proceedings of Parliamentary Committees are treated as
confidential and no outsiders are associated with
deliberations," Joint Director K N Earendra Kumar Rajya Sabha
said in reply to the plea.
Agrawal in his representation has said rules made a
decade ago need to be immediately reversed so that the
secrecy-cover may not hang on deliberations made in the
Standing Committee discussing the Lokpal Bill.

"Rather it is time that some important meetings may be
telecast live in the manner parliamentary proceedings are now
open to TV cameras," it said.

PTI

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