This House session, seats in chambers, galleries for MPs

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 16

The monsoon session of Parliament goes to be marked by a number of firsts. The Rajya Sabha secretariat has been working extra time for the previous two weeks to make sure full preparedness by the third week of this month for the sitting of the House, sources says.

“Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla last month decided to use the chambers and galleries of both Houses for enabling the monsoon session under the prevailing restrictions,” a senior official stated. Rajya Sabha chamber and galleries and Lok Sabha chamber might be used for seating members of the Upper House throughout the monsoon session. 

This will embody 60 members within the chamber and 51 within the galleries of Rajya Sabha, leaving out the primary row as per the social distancing norm. The sitting association for the remaining 132 might be made within the Lok Sabha chamber. “Large display screens, consoles for participation from galleries, ultraviolet germicidal irradiation, polycarbonate separators are going to be among the many firsts for the coming session,” stated an official.

The PM, Leader of the House, Leader of the Opposition might be earmarked seats within the RS chamber. Former PMs Manmohan Singh and HD Deve Gowda, may even have seats earmarked within the RS chamber. Other ministers could be seated amongst members of the ruling celebration, sources added.

Arrangements amid covid curbs

  • Members of the Upper House might be seated in chambers and galleries of each Houses
  • 60 members might be seated within the Rajya Sabha chamber, 51 within the galleries of the RS and the remaining 132 in the Lok Sabha chamber
  • Large show screens and consoles, ultraviolet germicidal irradiation, particular cables between the 2 Houses and polycarbonate separators might be in place

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