New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Monday stated that the monsoon session of the Parliament will be held at normal pre-COVID timings from 11 am to 6 pm. He said this while taking stock of preparations of the situation for the session. The monsoon session is scheduled to take place from July 19 to August 13 and will have 19 business days.
In the past few sessions, the two Houses of the Parliament were functioning at reduced time slots. Rajya Sabha operated from 9 am to 1 pm while the proceeding of the Lok Sabha commenced at 4 pm. This decision was implemented keeping in view the COVID-19 situation in the country. The normal timings of the sitting of the two Houses were restored earlier as well at 11 am in March during the second part of the Budget session.
“RTPCR test is not mandatory. We will request those who have not undergone vaccination to undergo test,” the speaker said.
Earlier, it was reported that the MPs would be able to attend the session without going through an RT-PCR Covid-19 test if they have received even one dose of the vaccine against the virus.
Amid the ongoing fear of Covid-19, the session will be held in both the houses of Parliament with all necessary protocols. Seating arrangements will also be made to keep social distancing in mind.
“In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, all arrangements to adhere to preventive norms will be followed during the monsoon session,” Om Birla said during his press conference in Delhi.
(With ANI inputs)