Transport & Tourism parliamentary panel could meet in next two weeks: Chairman writes to members

The committee chairperson TG Venkatesh wrote to all members of the committee last week informing them that a meeting is being planned "in the last week of July or first week of August" and the members should make it possible to attend the same.

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Members of the committee had written to Venkatesh suggesting the committee took cognizance of the losses incurred by the sectors.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Civil Aviation is likely to meet in the next two weeks to discuss the impact of Covid-19 and review the steps taken by the government to revive the sectors

The committee chairperson TG Venkatesh wrote to all members of the committee last week informing them that a meeting is being planned "in the last week of July or first week of August" and the members should make it possible to attend the same.

This comes after at least three members including BJP's Rajiv Pratap Rudy and TMC's Derek O' Brien wrote to the chairperson seeking to know what was happening in the sectors. India’s aviation and tourism sectors are under distress with both being among the worst hit industries due to Covid-19 lockdown


This is the first time that committee will meet after the lockdown was lifted. Last time after it had met, members had to go into self isolation after a member MP Dushyant Kumar disclosed he had come in touch with singer Kanika Kapoor who was tested Covid-19 positive.

Earlier, Venkatesh had written to all the concerned ministries, including shipping, road transport, railways and culture asking them about the initiatives taken by them during the lockdown and their plans for the immediate future.

Members of the committee had written to Venkatesh suggesting the committee took cognizance of the losses incurred by the sectors.
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In his letter in March, Derek O'Brien had said the aviation and tourism sectors will be directly affected by the spread of Covid-19 and that it was important for the committee to understand the situation and the level of preparedness to make recommendations. Rudy had recently written to the chairman seeking information about the initiatives taken by the ministries.

Earlier TG Venkatesh, wrote to Railway Board and aviation officials on May 26 suggesting the Centre to consider allowing only non-AC trains or reducing use of ACs in airports for now to prevent the transmission of Covid-19.
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