House panel meet on July 10, but MPs wary of travel to Delhi

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NEW DELHI: While the monsoon session of

Parliament

is set to get delayed due to the Covid-19

pandemic

, some House committees are gearing up to get back in action with the Public Accounts Committee (

PAC

), which scrutinises government expenditure, scheduled to meet on July 10.
The meeting of the PAC, if held, will be the first such engagement of MPs after the lockdown. The 22-member panel, headed by leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, was first slated to meet on June 26, but was rescheduled twice as member were not willing to travel to the capital in view of the Covid crisis.
Before the PAC, there were attempts to hold meetings of

Standing Committees on home affairs

and labour, but they were also deferred. Though air travel has opened up, many members are still wary of travelling for fear of contracting the infection. Speaking on anonymity, some members said they are “unwilling to take the risk” of travel from their home towns to attend the meeting.
Most members of the PA C, including the chairman, are from different states and feel that social distancing may not be possible in the meeting rooms.

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