India’s strategic preparedness, response to war in Ukraine under parliamentary panel scanner


India’s strategic operational preparedness in view of the current security scenario, its response to the Russia-Ukraine conflict and the cyber-security scenario in the country will come under the scanner of parliamentary panels.

The Parliamentary Committee on Defence, chaired by BJP member Jual Oram, will also review the working of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), examine the role of the Indian Army in ensuring the defence of the country and also study the resettlement policies, healthcare facilities and pensionary avenues for ex-servicemen, and the agnipath scheme in the Armed Forces. These subjects were chosen for examination by the respective parliamentary committees during the coming year.

The selected subjects were communicated to members through Parliament bulletins this week. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, chaired by BJP member P P Chaudhary, will examine the government’s efforts in countering global terrorism at regional and international levels, India’s position in ongoing climate change negotiations, Russia-Ukraine conflict, its global impact and India’s response; concerns and issues pertaining Indian students studying abroad.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, chaired by Shiv Sena leader Pratap Jadhav, will review the cyber security scenario in India, emergence of artificial intelligence, safeguarding rights of independent content creators on social and digital media. The committee will also examine issues related to the emergence of OTT platforms, norms and guidelines for media coverage, review of the performance of schemes under universal service obligation fund implemented by the public and private sectors and regulation of cable TV in the country.

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