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B.C. Khanduri removed as Defence panel chairman

B.C. Khanduri  

In the latest round of reshuffle of Parliamentary panels, BJP MP and former Minister Major General B.C. Khanduri was on Tuesday removed as Chairman of the standing committee on Defence.

He has been delivering a series of critical reports on the defence preparedness and the latest among them, tabled in March this year, slammed the government for critical low stock of armaments. The March report said that 68% of equipment with the armed forces was in the vintage category.

Mr. Khanduri has been replaced by former Union Minister Kalraj Mishra who resigned from the post in September last year as he had crossed the 75 years age-limit set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for public office.

The other change is replacing Madhya Pradesh MP Rakesh Singh as Chairman of Coal and Steel panel with another BJP MP from the same State, Chintamani Malviya. There are no changes in Finance Committee and External Affairs Committee, both headed by Congress leaders. Finance Committee is headed by Veerappa Moily. The External Affairs Committee is headed by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor and has Congress president Rahul Gandhi among its members.

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