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On the first day of Monsoon session of Parliament, 17 MP’s tested positive for Covid-19

The Monsoon session of the Parliament began its proceeding today and will continue 18 days. Despite of the pandemic situation the monsoon session of Parliament was not postponed amid of many MP’s against the session to be held.

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17 MP’s were found positive on the first day

On the first day of the Monsoon session, 17 MP’s including Suresh Angadi, BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi, Anant Kumar Hegde, Parvesh Sahab Singh, Rita Bahuguna Joshi, and Kaushal Kishore were tested positive for Covid-19. It was made compulsory for all the MP’s to take corona tests before the commencement of Parliament.

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RT-PCR test was made compulsory for all the members

The secretariat was informed about the health status of Covid-19 positive Lok Sabha Members. Officials have announced that the reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test, which is considered to be the most accurate test for the diagnosis of coronavirus would be continued till the next week for the members of the Parliament.

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This could pose threat for further proceedings of Monsoon Session

The contamination of coronavirus among MP’s had pose a threat to the monsoon session. Many MP’s of different parties have decided against attending the session. The first day of the Monsoon session was delayed with 200 members in the Lok Sabha chamber and around 30 parliament members were seated in the visitor’s gallery which is located above the main chamber.

The benches of the members were installed with plastic shields to ensure the distance. All the members were seated according to the social distancing norms keeping sure of the safety norms to be followed in the session.

Benches that usually accommodated six parliamentary members were now accommodated by a maximum of three members. The session was held in two shifts- the session of Rajya Sabha was held in the morning and Lok Sabha in the evening. However, on the first day of the Monsoon session, Lok Sabha was held in Morning while Raj Sabha was held in the evening.

 

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