In a significant development, the permanent standing committees of the Parliament have been restructured. The Chairman of the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parliament), Jagdeep Dhankhar, has made changes to the Parliamentary Standing Committees (DARCs) related to eight departments. During the session of the upper house on Tuesday, it was announced that this restructuring includes the appointment of senior Congress Rajya Sabha member P. Chidambaram as a member of the 31-member Home Affairs Panel.
Indeed, the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha has undertaken the restructuring of eight committees based on the advice of the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) Speaker. This entails changes to the permanent parliamentary committees falling under the purview of the Chairman’s administrative authority.
The Rajya Sabha Chairman has appointed Chidambaram as a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs at a time when the panel is deliberating on three proposed bills. These bills include the Indian Judicial Code 2023, the Indian Citizens’ Security Act 2023, and the Indian Evidence Act, all aimed at amending criminal justice laws.
These bills were presented in the Parliament by the Central Home Minister Amit Shah on August 11th. It’s worth noting that there are a total of 24 department-related standing committees or DARCs. Each committee consists of 31 members, with 21 from the Lok Sabha and 10 from the Rajya Sabha.
Consequently, the restructuring of eight DARCs has now been accomplished. P. Chidambaram’s appointment fills the position vacated by Congress’s P. Bhattacharya. It’s pertinent to mention that Bhattacharya recently retired from service. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the party’s Lok Sabha member, is already a member of the Home Affairs Panel chaired by BJP’s Brij Lal. Furthermore, the Chairman has appointed Congress MP Jairam Ramesh as the Chair of the Committee on Science and Technology, Environment, Forests, and Climate Change.
Meanwhile, the heads of six major parliamentary committees (Home Affairs, Information Technology, Defence, Foreign Affairs, Finance, and Health) are either from the BJP or its allies.