With a week to go for constitution of the Departmentally Related Standing Committees (DRSCs), a majority of the legislators appear to have given their preference for inclusion in the Welfare and Rural Development panels.

As many as 41 legislators (MLAs and MLCs) gave their first preference for the Standing Committee on Welfare followed by at least 35 for the Rural Development committee.

For the first time in the State, Legislature has decided to constitute the standing committees on the lines of ones in Parliament to scrutinise the budget estimates of departments and submit its report to the presiding officers.

The dozen and odd standing committees would include members from the Assembly as well as the Council while the Chief Minister, Leader of Opposition, presiding and deputy presiding officers of the two Houses, Whips and Ministers are exempted.

According to sources, members seemed to prefer the Welfare and the Rural Development committees.

“Members were given a form to mark their preference for inclusion in the standing panels. Many legislators gave their top preference for Welfare and Rural Development,” sources told The Hindu on Sunday.

Sources said 31 members from the Assembly and the Council would be included in each committee.

The Legislature Secretariat has asked the Chief Minister and the Chief Whip to give a list of legislators for consideration as chairman of the standing committees.

Like the parliamentary system, the Opposition parties would also get to head some panels. The dozen committees would see chairpersons from the Assembly as well as the Council.

Speaker Nadendla Manohor is likely to announce the constitution of the panels and their chairpersons in the next few days. These panels are expected to begin their work after the House is adjourned for three week recess from March 27.

For the first time in the State, Legislature has decided to constitute standing committees on the lines of the ones in the Parliament