Parliament Standing Committee To Meet On 3 June To Discuss Lockdown; MHA Officials To Face Tough QuestionsIndian Parliament Building, Delhi, India (Shahnoor Habib Munmun/Wikimedia Commons)

The Parliamentary Standing Committee will be meeting on 3 June on the issue of nationwide lockdown. Sources said the Union Home Secretary will be briefing the committee on the ongoing lockdown and its impact on the country.

This would be the first meeting of the committee after the announcement of the countrywide lockdown and will be held in the Parliament complex at 11am.

The Congress Deputy leader in the Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma, who is the Chairman of the committee and has called the meeting, declined to comment on it. But, sources said, the members of the committee have been conveyed information about the meeting.

Sources also said that the officials of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) may face tough questions regarding the lockdown and the method adopted by the government to implement in it.

The duration of the fourth lockdown is ending on 31 May. The government has not announced the next move till now.

Earlier, a move to have a virtual meeting of the same was stalled by the Rajya Sabha secretariat on the ground that the Standing Committee procedures can't be held virtually because of secrecy.

The principal opposition party Congress has been demanding a parliamentary scrutiny on the government functioning during the lockdown and the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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