NEW DELHI: Meetings of parliamentary standing committees, suspended indefinitely in April when coronavirus cases saw an alarming surge across the country, are set to resume with the Shashi Tharoor-led panel on information technology among the first few to restart work this week.
The Tharoor-led panel has summoned representatives of Twitter on June 18 to hear their views. It will also receive evidence from the IT and electronics ministry on ‘safeguarding citizens’ rights and prevention of misuse of social/online news media platforms, including special emphasis on women security in the digital space’, an ongoing discussion that was suspended due to the pandemic-induced break in meetings.
Though Twitter has appeared before the panel earlier, this will be their first appearance since the feud between the government and the microblogging site over compliance with the new digital media rules. Sources said with most MPs, senior officials and Parliament support staff now vaccinated. Apart from the committee on IT, the Public Accounts Committee will meet on June 16, while the panel on petroleum and natural gas will meet on June 17.