Parliament eases entry into central hall with reduction in Covid-19 cases
Parliament’s next monsoon session will be held with proper COVID-19 protocols, an official bulletin said on Friday.
The Lok Sabha secretariat has asked members to ensure they are vaccinated and also advised them to wear face masks all the time.
After the second wave of COVID-19, restrictions were imposed on entering the Central Hall of Parliament.
However, with the reduction in the number of cases recently, it has been decided to ease the restrictions on entry to the central hall of Parliament.
A parliament bulletin published by Lok Sabha reads: “In view of the reduction in COVID-19 cases in the country and the resulting relaxations in access to various public facilities, it has been decided that the Entrance of Governors, Chief Ministers, Ministers of State Governments and former Members of Parliament are permitted to enter the Central Hall of Parliament.
For the past year, due to COVID-19, the central chamber of Parliament was closed to everyone except sitting MPs.
The monsoon session of Parliament will begin on July 18 and run until August 12, 2022.
The government will seek to pass several pieces of legislation during the upcoming parliamentary session and its legislative program includes 24 bills to pass, sources said. The first day will see voting for the presidential elections.
Some of the bills that are on the pending list include the Indian Antarctica Bill, 2022. The bill is pending in the Lok Sabha.
The Interstate River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill 2019 has been passed by the Lok Sabha and in the next session it will likely be taken up by the Rajya Sabha.
The Weapons of Mass Destruction and Delivery Systems (Prohibition of Unlawful Activities) Amendment Bill 2022 has been passed by Lok Sabha and is yet to be passed by Rajya Sabha.
The Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Bill, 2021 is pending in Lok Sabha, the Anti-Maritime Piracy Bill, 2019 and the National Anti-Doping Bill, 2021 are also pending in Lok Sabha.
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