Amid Covid-19, Monsoon Session of Parliament begins today

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The 18-day Parliament session is scheduled to be held between September 14 and October 1.

 

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Monsoon session of Parliament is all set to begin today.

This will be the first Parliament session being held amid the COVID-19 pandemic. All safety measures have been taken to conduct the session as per guidelines issued for COVID-19.

Entry in the premises will be allowed only on production of a COVID-19 negative report. The session will see other measures like seating MPs in a staggered way in chambers of both Houses, as well as galleries to maintain physical distancing norms and introduction of mobile app for registering of MPs’ attendance. 

Monsoon session in Parliament is usually around mid-July. This year it got deferred after Covid-19 cases reported in India.

According to a press release from the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, the session will provide a total of 18 sittings spread over a period of 18 days.

A total of 47 items have been identified for being taken up during the Monsoon Session 2020. These include 45 Bills and two financial items.

It will take up eleven Bills to replace the ordinances. These includes the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, the Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020, the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020, the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020, the Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and the Salary and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

There will be a four-hour session for each House each day (9 am to 1 pm for Rajya Sabha and 3 pm to 7 pm for Lok Sabha. 

Except today, Rajya Sabha will sit in the morning shift and Lok Sabha will sit in the evening.

There will be no Question Hour and Private Members' Bills will not be taken up in the upcoming Session. The Zero Hour will be there and the un-starred questions will be laid on the table.

 

With inputs from Agency

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