Several arrangements are made in the wake of the global pandemic for Monsoon session of Parliament which is likely to begin in the second week of September. Several new features including display screens, consoles, and special cables between the two chambers of the parliament. The Parliament will also observe ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (to prevent infections) and galleries will be separated with polycarbonate sheets.
The session will be commenced after proper precautionary measures are taken
The deadline for the completion for all the arrangements is this weekend, as set up by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. All the arrangements will be first tested and rehearsed before the commencement of the Monsoon Session of Parliament.
The last budget session had ended on March 23, so it necessary to conduct the monsoon session before September 23 as six months gap is allowed between the two sessions ends.
Limited access to media
There is no official information on whether the two houses will meet daily or on alternate days. Outsiders are strictly not allowed in the premises with media officials having very limited access to the session.
Voting will be done through paper ballots
There won’t be any electronic voting systems and the members have to cast vote in the traditional way through paper ballots. It would be made mandatory to maintain social distancing and other precautionary measures for Members of Parliament (MPs).
Many members have raised their concern over the session and the meetings and did submit applications to the Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla over meeting to be held through videoconferencing. But, Naidu and Birla ruled out the applications due to several constraints.
Including all the ministers (60 members) will be seated in the RS chamber, 51 in the galleries of the RS, however, the first row will be left out and the remaining 132 in the Lok Sabha chamber. The Lok Sabha would be able to use the Central Hall and the Balayogi auditorium in the Parliament library as it has 542 members, while the Rajya Sabha strength is 241.