Parliament prepares for monsoon session amid Corona threat

P L UNIYAL. Dated: 7/5/2020 12:32:52 AM

NEW DELHI, July 4: The Lok Sabha Secretariat on Friday issued pointers on holding conferences of parliamentary standing committees with the bodily presence of members in Parliament House with some restrictions, as the federal government explores the opportunity of convening the monsoon session in August-end or September amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In view of the COVID-19 outbreak, chairpersons of assorted panels had requested each Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu for holding digital conferences, however weren’t granted permission.
In its pointers, the Lok Sabha Secretariat stated, “With further relaxations in the lockdown made with effect from July 1, the sittings of the parliamentary committees can now be held while observing some restrictions.”
The secretariat has instructed that seating association within the committee room could also be made strictly adhering to the social distancing norm of six toes. Arrangements ought to be made for sanitiser on the entrance of the committee room. No printed materials ought to be used for the aim of sitting and all paperwork associated to the sitting ought to be despatched to the members in comfortable kind, the Lok Sabha secretariat stated, including that the ministry/division showing for the proof earlier than the panel is suggested in opposition to bringing any materials, together with annual reviews or baggage for the members.
“Ministry/Departments appearing before the committee may be advised to restrict the number of officials to a maximum of five,” the notification reads. In case a ministry is compelled to convey extra officers, preparations could also be made for his or her sitting within the foyer, it stated.
The secretariat has additionally restricted the entry of its officers for verbatim recording of the standing committees conferences and has moderately instructed to make preparations for audio recording of the conferences. Sources stated conferences of parliamentary committees are a train to make Parliament prepared for holding the monsoon session with bodily presence of members.
They additionally stated each Birla and Naidu have held a number of rounds of discussions on how to maintain the monsoon session amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The authorities are exploring the opportunity of holding the monsoon session of parliament ranging from the final week of August or first week of September with the bodily presence of members throughout proceedings, sources stated on Wednesday.
However, sources stated within the wake of rising instances of coronavirus nothing has been finalised but it might be tough to specify how the session might be held whereas adhering to social distancing norms. Parliament stopped performing on March 23 after the funds session was adjourned sine die prematurely because of the COVID-19 pandemic.



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