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Covid-19: the government deliberates on holding the next session of Parliament in January

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Without a respite from the escalating Covid-19 cases across the country, the center has taken a cautious approach and is likely deciding not to hold the winter session of Parliament this year.

Government sources indicated that the decision not to hold the winter session is currently being discussed. Also being considered is whether to host the winter session and budget session or just hold the budget session directly next year, the sources added. The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariats have not yet started preparing for the session.

“Members are supposed to be informed 15 days in advance so that if there is a question hour, they can submit their questions in advance,” said the source.

The argument for not holding the winter session this year has been given by an increase in the number of cases. A cautious approach is needed as Members of Parliament come into close contact with officials, individuals and other members and are especially vulnerable to infection, despite the fact that Covid-19 security protocols are followed in the House of Parliament.

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The winter session takes place in mid-November and continues through mid-December. However, the situation of the spread of Covid-19 in the national capital is making the government reluctant to have the session on time.

“During the monsoon session, we had cases that reached between 2,000 and 3,000, not more than that, and yet we had to reduce the session. Now, the account is 7,000 and more. The government’s work will not be hampered, ”said the source.

“There were more than 30 MPs who tested positive for Covid-19 during and at the beginning of the monsoon session. We ensure routine Covid tests to control any infected person, “said the source.

Sources say the next session of Parliament, the budget session, is likely to be convened at the end of January 2021.

See: Delhi’s Covid target amid a new wave: 1 lakh of daily testing, 750 new ICU beds

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