Parliament gears up for Monsoon Session amid pandemic

COVID-19: No all-party meeting ahead of monsoon session of Parliament

Parliamentary papers, not exclusive to the MPs, will also be available on the Lok Sabha website under the tab "Today's Papers in the Business of the House'".

However, Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla has called a Business Advisory Committee meeting later today to discuss the likely agenda during the monsoon session.

The opposition has questioned the government's move on Question Hour and reducing the time for the Zero hour.

The monsoon session of Parliament, delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will get underway on Monday with strict safety protocols in place. Barring on the first day, Rajya Sabha will convene in morning shift from 9 am till 1 pm, and Lok Sabha in evening shift from 3 pm to 7 pm.

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It is reportedly said that the MHA has prepared a list of unstarred questions for the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha on the basis of queries received from various members of Parliament (MPs).

Both the Houses of Parliament will sit for four hours daily adhering to coronavirus precautionary measures. The front seats of opposition benches were occupied by DMK's T R Baalu and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury of Congress. "Chambers of the two Houses and the galleries, where members are seated, will be considered as part of Lok Sabha when the House proceedings are on", Birla said. These include the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, the Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020, the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020, the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020, and Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and the Salary and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

This is the first parliament session after the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Utmost caution - staggered seating, compulsory wearing of face masks, frequent hand sanitisation, a no-touch door opener and a new seating arrangement for social distancing - is being taken to ensure complete Covid safety even as numerous older MPs did not attend the first day of the session. Some were also seen wearing face shields, including Trinamool Congress leader Kalyan Banerjee.


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