New Delhi: Prasanna Acharya of the BJD was named as chairman of the Committee on Petitions of Rajya Sabha in place of Prabhat Jha of the BJP who will now head the Ethics Committee with Chairman of the Upper House Venkaiah Naidu reconstituting eight House panels, it was announced Thursday.
Prabhat Jha replaces his party colleague Narayan Lal Panchariya. The Ethics Committee looks into conduct-related complaints against the members of the Upper House.
Several other committees were also reconstituted. T Subbarami Reddy of the Congress was named as the chairman of the Committee on Subordinate Legislation, A Navaneetha Krishnan as chairman of the Committee on Government Assurances, Om Prakash Mathur of BJP as chairman of the House Committee that allots accommodation for members.
As per the rules of the House, the Rajya Sabha chairman heads the Business Advisory Committee and the Committee on Rules. By convention, the chairman heads the Committee on Privileges.
The new members of the Business Advisory Committee of Rajya Sabha are B K Hariprasad of the Congress, Narayan Lal Panchariya and Vinay P Sahasrabuddhe of the BJP and K Keshava Rao of the TRS. Leader of the House and Leader of the Opposition are special invitees to the Committee, a statement from the chairman’s office said.
The new members of the Committee on Rules include Satyanarayan Jatiya, Swapan Das Gupta and Y S Chowdary of the BJP, PL Punia of the Congress, Naresh Gujral of Akali Dal, and Subhash Chandra and Amar Singh, both Independents.
These Standing House Committees are concerned with the examination of various issues concerning the domain that is reflected in their names and their tenure is till next reconstitution.
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