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New Delhi; 16 July, 2022: Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla Chaired a meeting with the Leaders of parties in the Lok Sabha, ahead of the commencement of the Ninth Session of the Seventeenth Lok Sabha, in the Parliament House Complex, today.

Welcoming the leaders to the meeting, Shri Birla informed that the Session is commencing from 18th July, 2022 and is likely to conclude on 12th August, 2022. He further said that as per the schedule, there will be 18 sittings during the Session and a total time of 108 hours will be available out of which about 62 hours will be available for government business. The remaining time has been allotted for Question Hour, Zero Hour and private members' business. In addition to government business, sufficient time shall be allotted as per the need for discussion on matters of urgent public importance.

Shri Birla also informed that the timing of submission of notice for raising matters during Zero Hour has been changed. Now Members can give notices from 0900 hours of a given day to 0800 hours of the Session day on which the members desire to raise their matters in the House uring Zero Hour. Notices for Monday or the first working day of the week may be given between 0900 a.m. on Friday or the last working day of the previous week and 0800 a.m. on Monday or the first working day of that week. The notices received up to 0800 a.m. on the same day of the Session on which the members wish to raise their matter in the House shall be balloted by computer immediately after 0800 hrs. Members’ portal will remain open for online submission of information on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Shri Birla also informed that like the previous Sessions, proper COVID-19 protocol will be followed in this Session and adequate arrangements have been made in this regard. Elaborate security arrangements have also been made for the Session. Shri Birla appealed the Leaders of the political parties in Lok Sabha for smooth conduct of the House during the Session. He expressed hope that political parties and Members will cooperate.



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