LOK SABHA SPEAKER CHAIRS MEETING ON WITH SENIOR OFFICERS OF RELATED AGENCIES TO GIVE FINAL SHAPE TO PREPARATIONS RELATED TO THE MONSOON SESSION OF PARLIAMENT
“PARLIAMENT MUST FUNCTION AND INFECTION MUST NOT SPREAD”: LOK SABHA SPEAKER
ALL MEMBERS WILL BE REQUESTED TO UNDERGO TESTING FOR COVID-19
MANY NEW ARRANGEMENTS ARE TO BE IN PLACE IN LIGHT OF COVID-19
New Delhi 28 August 2020: Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla chaired a meeting with senior Officers and experts of Health Ministry, AIIMS, ICMR, DRDO, and the Health Department of Delhi Government today to give final shape to preparations related to the Monsoon session of Parliament.
In the meeting, Shri Birla gave directions to ensure that proper caution is exercised with regard to health safety. For this, comprehensive arrangements related to health checkups are being put in place within Parliament House Complex during the Monsoon Session.
Shri Birla said that all preparations based on expert advice will be undertaken to ensure smooth conduct of the Session and prevent spread of infection. The Session will be conducted with all necessary health safety arrangements in Parliament House Complex.
All Members shall be requested to undergo COVID-19 test.
As per Shri Birla’s directions, all possible steps are being taken to prevent the spread of Corona infection. For this, thermal guns and thermal scanner cameras will be used for measurement of temperature at entry points in Parliament House. In addition, proper measures for sanitization of Parliament House premises will be undertaken. The facility of touchless sanitizers will be in place at 40 different places within the Parliament House Complex, and emergency medical teams and ambulances will also be stationed. All guidelines related to COVID-19 prevention will be strictly followed.
The social distancing and other guidelines will be followed within Lok Sabha Chamber. Members will be allowed to address the Chair while seated, so that the risk of infection might be minimized.
During the Session, visitors will not be allowed entry into Parliament House Complex. This decision has been taken to minimize the risk of infection in light of the pandemic. Necessary arrangements will be made in Galleries for Members to ensure social distancing.
Shri Birla further said that testing facility for officers and staff of Parliament will also be in place. For this purpose, the detailed guidelines are being prepared. The staff may be reduced, if required. The facilities for testing of officials of Ministries and personal staff of Members will also be in place.
Along with this, there is a proposal to restrict the number of media persons, both from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. COVID (RT-PCR) test will be mandatory for all media persons.