Masks, Special Separators In 1st Parliament Session In Covid Times

Clay Curtis
September 15, 2020

Despite the Centre's advisory to parties that MPs above 65 years could avoid attending, most reached in time with the Lok Sabha attendance standing at 359, even higher than on some normal days.

Among them were Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who underwent a thorough medical examination at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) before the parliament session started.

The session, with four-hour sittings for each House in shifts, including on weekends, will not only see the government lining up 11 ordinances, which were cleared during the lockdown, but also tabling upto 45 Bills in both Houses for approval.

Parliament Monsoon session LIVE updates: The 18-day Monsoon Session of Parliament began from today (September 14) under the shadow of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Monsoon Session of parliament this time is being held with large-scale safety protocols in place that include staggered seating of MPs in chambers of both Houses to maintain physical distancing. Birla further said that Zero Hour will be of half-an-hour duration.

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The Rajya Sabha, on first day of the Monsoon session on Monday, will elect its Deputy Chairman, with NDA's Harivansh Narayan Singh and RJD's Manoj Jha in the fray for the post. Only 257 members will be allowed inside Lok Sabha chambers, with another 172 allowed in other galleries.

Here's a look at how the parliament session donned a different look this time.

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. Each seat in Lok Sabha has been separated by polycarbonate sheets as also individual rows.

The meeting was attended by Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Jairam Ramesh, Trinamool Congress leader Derek O' Brien, DMK leader Tiruchi Siva, BJD leader Sasmit Patra, JD (U) leader RCP Singh among others.

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