Monsoon Session: Rajya Sabha Chairman Naidu takes COVID-19 take a look at

New Delhi, September 11

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday underwent a obligatory COVID-19 take a look at, forward of the Monsoon Session of Parliament that begins on September 14.

It is necessary for each member to bear the COVID-19 (RT-PCR) take a look at earlier than attending the Monsoon Session, an advisory issued to all Rajya Sabha members stated.

The members have been requested to get their take a look at accomplished inside 72 hours earlier than the graduation of the session. They can get themselves examined on the Parliament House advanced or at any hospital or laboratory authorised by the federal government.

For the comfort of members, three take a look at centres have been arrange within the Parliament House annexe. They have been requested to ship their take a look at reviews upfront to the Rajya Sabha Secretariat on a chosen e-mail deal with to keep away from inconvenience on the time of entry into the Parliament House in the course of the session, the advisory stated.

The RT-PCR take a look at for COVID-19 can be necessary for workers of the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha secretariats, and personnel of businesses deployed on the Parliament House advanced.

The advisory stated that preparations have additionally been made for rapid-antigen take a look at for private workers and drivers of MPs on the Reception Office of the Parliament House.

Rajya Sabha Chairman Naidu has been usually reviewing the particular precautionary and remedial measures taken to include the unfold of the COVID-19 an infection, and guarantee well-being of members in the course of the session.

He has issued directions to senior officers of the secretariat to not be complacent and to strictly adhere to the rules specified.

Risk mitigation and safety of the members’ well being has been among the many primary issues, Rajya Sabha officers stated.

The chairman has held conferences with the secretaries of the Union dwelling and well being ministries, chairman of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and director normal of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to make sure security of the members and officers.

To guarantee social distancing, the Rajya Sabha chamber and its galleries, and the Lok Sabha chamber will probably be used to seat members in the course of the session.

In the Rajya Sabha, 57 MPs will probably be accommodated in its chamber and 51 in its galleries, the remaining 136 will probably be seated within the chamber of the Lok Sabha. Four massive show screens will probably be arrange in each Houses of Parliament.

In all, there are 244 members and one seat is vacant.

Each seat has a microphone and a sound console to allow members to take part in discussions, and they’ll sit and communicate.

Party or group leaders have been knowledgeable concerning the allocation of seats for members on the three areas.

In addition to the 4 massive show screens, six smaller show screens and audio consoles have been put in within the 4 galleries, officers stated.

To guarantee security of members and officers, Naidu referred to as upon them to make full use of the e-notice facility and serve notices in digital mode, as an alternative of bodily giving them.

It has additionally been determined to ship numerous Parliamentary papers, together with the listing of enterprise, bulletins, payments and ordinances to members solely by digital mechanisms.

Members can entry their portal accounts for these.

The circulation of exhausting copies of those papers is being discontinued. Members could convey their e-reader gadgets to the House to seek advice from Parliamentary papers or carry print-outs of the identical for his or her use, officers stated.

The chairman has sought the cooperation of members and has urged them to strictly observe all well being protocols associated to COVID-19, as specified by completely different businesses.

The DRDO will present multi-utility COVID kits to MPs. Each package will include disposable three ply masks (40), N-95 masks with out wall (5), 20 bottles of sanitiser of 50 ml every, face shields fabricated from polypropelene (5), gloves (40), contact free hook (to open and shut doorways with out touching them), Sea Buck Thorn tea baggage which reinforces immunity and natural sanitation wipes (a variant of tissue papers).

Marshals standing on either side of the chairman have been suggested to put on each masks and face shields whereas helping the chairman, officers stated.

The Chairman of the Department-related Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice, Bhupender Yadav, submitted an interim report on the “Functioning of Virtual Courts/Court proceedings through video conferencing” to the chairman at Upa-Rashtrapati Nivas on Friday. PTI


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