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Monsoon Session of Parliament to witness many first time measures in view of COVID-19

Updated: August 17, 2020 1:57 pm

Monsoon Session of Parliament will witness many first time measures in view of Covid 19.

Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla have decided to use the chambers and galleries of both the Houses for enabling the monsoon session under the prevailing restrictions.

Mr Naidu directed to ensure all arrangements to be in place by the third week of this month for testing, rehearsal and final inspection. Rajya Sabha Secretariat has been working overtime for the last two weeks to ensure full preparedness by the third week of this month for the coming session.

As per the arrangements, Rajya Sabha chamber and galleries and Lok Sabha chamber will be used for seating the members of the House during the monsoon session. This includes 60 members in the chamber and 51 in the galleries of Rajya Sabha, leaving out the first row as per the social distancing norm.

The remaining 132 in the chamber of Lok Sabha. Various parties will be allotted seats in the chamber and galleries of Rajya Sabha based on respective strength and the remaining will be seated in the chamber of Lok Sabha in two blocks meant for ruling parties and the others.

Rajya Sabha Chairman has also directed the secretariat officials to minimize the need for the members to physically handle various papers by ensuring necessary arrangements.

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