Parliament Announces Winter Session Amidst Mass Covid-19 Infection In Premises
New Delhi -Amidst the announcement for the Winter session on January 31, more than 400 Parliamentary staff members have been tested positive in January’s first week. This has prompted some medical checking and hygiene inspections to be put in place for the rest of the lot.
The sudden spurt and then resulting infections within the Parliamentary premises just shows the lack of preparedness and carelessness amongst the working lot. It is only then, that this week, Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla could inspect the Parliament House Complex (PHC) to take stock of the health safety-related measures and other preparations. Mr. Birla, it is said, directed officials to take special care of MPs above the age of sixty years and attend to their requirements in a proactive manner.
It is now that there is the provision of testing and vaccination has been made at the Parliamentary premises itself. All the employees are being monitored with no adverse cases reported. Meanwhile, it has been decided that the Budget Session of Parliament will begin on January 31 with the address of the president to both the Houses, and conclude on April 8. The Union Budget will be presented on February 1. The first part of the session would conclude on February 11.
After a month-long recess, the second part of the session would begin on March 14 and conclude on April 8. “The 256th Session of Rajya Sabha (Budget Session – 2022) is summoned to meet on Monday, January 31, and subject to exigencies of Government Business, the Session may conclude on Friday, April 8. During this period, Chairman may be moved to kindly adjourn the Rajya Sabha on Friday, February 11 to reassemble on Monday, March 14 to enable the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committees to consider the ‘Demands for Grants relating to Ministries/Departments and prepare their reports,” a letter of Additional secretary-general of Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs Minister stated. There will be no sitting on March 18 on account of Holi.