Monsoon session of Parliament, likely to begin early September, will see many firsts

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New Delhi: Large display screens, audio consoles, ultraviolet germicidal irradiation in the air conditioning system, special cables connecting the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha for transmission of audio-visual signals, polycarbonate separators — the monsoon session of Parliament, which is likely to be called by the second week of September, will have many firsts.

The changes are part of efforts to keep parliamentarians safe from Covid-19 transmission.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi told ThePrint that the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) will meet soon to decide on the session schedule.

“I will be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Home Minister Amit Shah next week, following which the CCPA meeting will be called,” Joshi said. “As of now, I can only say that the session will happen before 22 September.”

According to convention, Parliament officials said, once the CCPA meets and decides on the session schedule, 15 days have to be given to the MPs to submit notices and other work.

“If the convention is followed, the monsoon session can be called only next month,” said an official, who did not want to be named.

First session amid pandemic

Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha don’t want to be caught unawares and have begun making arrangements to ensure the safety of MPs.

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