<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>How much access should media have to members of a Parliamentary Committee? This was one of the issues discussed at a meeting convened by Lok Sabha Speaker with Chairpersons of Parliamentary Standing Committees and other department-related panels here today. The subject of access of media to Parliamentary Committee members was discussed against the backdrop of recent statements to reporters by Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman K V Thomas in which he had said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi could be summoned before the Committee on demonetisation, sources said. On the matter, the Speaker said she would shortly specify the rules of procedure in this regard, the sources said. The meeting also discussed the issue related to the tenure and jurisdication of the commitees’ tours. The Speaker was of the view that the tours should be shorter than five days and the areas should be chosen as per the domain of a committee, the sources said. For instance, a committee on Rural Development should visit only rural areas and the one on Urban Development should visit only urban areas, the sources said. Another matter discussed was related to the tenure and scope of the work of interns associated with the Parliamentary Committees. It was felt that the tenure should be fixed as one year and their scope should be limited to research, without allowing them access to meetings of Parliamentary Committees, the sources said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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