Taking exception to the government’s decision to refer the Forest (Conservation) Amendment Bill to a joint committee of Parliament, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Wednesday wrote to Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar, arguing that the move was a “devaluation and denigration” of the status and functions of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment, Forests and Climate Change, which he heads.
In his letter, Ramesh argued that the Bill falls “fairly and squarely” in the domain of the Standing Committee and sought Dhankhar’s intervention to “prevent its complete emasculation”.
“Standing committees are primarily to examine Bills. But they can do so only if Bills are allowed to be referred to them for scrutiny. By referring the…Bill to a joint committee, the government is deliberately by-passing the Standing Committee, which would have subjected the legislation to detailed examination with the full participation of all stakeholders,” Ramesh wrote.
“That I am the chairman of the Standing Committee leads me to the firm belief that the Government does not want the Bill to be examined by the Standing Committee concerned, although the majority of its members belong to the ruling party,” he stated.Most Read 1 Gadar 2 box office collection day 4: Sunny Deol film records biggest Monday collections of all time, nets a total of Rs 173 cr 2 Bigg Boss OTT 2 Finale Live Updates: Elvish Yadav wins Salman Khan’s show, Abhishek Malhan shares message from hospital 3 Happy Independence Day 2023: Wishes Images, Whatsapp Messages, Status, Quotes, and Photos 4 OMG 2 box office collection day 4: Pankaj Tripathi-Akshay Kumar film delivers better Monday than opening Friday, earns Rs 55.1 cr 5 Jailer box office collection Day 5: Rajinikanth film set to cross Rs 350-crore mark worldwide on Independence Day
As the Standing Committee chairman, Ramesh wrote, he has managed it in a most democratic and non-partisan manner. “At times, I have allowed my personal views to take a backseat when there is a larger consensus in a different direction. And I have always adhered to deadlines,” he said.
He said there are also “serious problems” with the list of members from the Rajya Sabha proposed by the government for the joint committee.Also ReadNarendra Modi Independence Day Speech Live Updates: India now identified ...Govt SOP for Judges: Do not name officials for court panelsShivaji statue vandalised in Goa, police initiate inquiry‘Will return to Red Fort next year’: In Independence Day speech, PM Modi ...
“No member of the Opposition figures in the list which is hopelessly one-sided. That is a separate issue. The fundamental issue is the devaluation and denigration of the status and functions of the standing committee concerned,” he said, urging the Chairman to “ensure that proper parliamentary rules, procedures, conventions and traditions will be followed and that the Standing Committee on Science & Technology, Environment, Forests & Climate Change will get to examine the Forest (Conservation) Amendment Bill, 2023.”© The Indian Express (P) Ltd