Home Secy to not attend IT standing committee | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: In anticipation of a discussion around the telecom and internet shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home secretary Ajay Bhalla is unlikely to attend a meeting of the standing committee on Information Technology scheduled on Wednesday. He is learnt to have cited sections of the rules of business that do not allow discussions on matters of national security.
Bhalla is expected to convey his inability to attend the meeting, to the committee chairperson in writing, tomorrow.
The Shashi Tharoor-led House panel is to record evidence presented by representatives of the ministry of Communications (department of Telecom, and the Home ministry on the subject ‘Suspension of Telecom Services/Internet and its impact’. There is no specific mention of Jammu and Kashmir, but it is expected that since J&K has faced the highest number of internet shutdowns in recent years, particularly after the abrogation of Article 370, the impact of the snapping of internet in the state, is likely to come up during the meeting.
Earlier, attempts by opposition MPs to raise the India-China border issues in the standing committee on external affairs. However, a discussion was not allowed by the committee chair on grounds that it was a sensitive matter and would not be in national interest.

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