Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has sent to MPs attending the Parliament session a Covid kit and a safety manual prepared by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
Each kit dispatched to the MPs on Sunday (September 14), has 40 disposable masks, five N-95 masks, 20 bottles of sanitizers of 50 ml each, face shields, 40 pairs of gloves, a touch-free hook to open and close doors without touching them, herbal sanitation wipes and tea bags to enhance immunity. The kit also contains a Covid safety manual.
“As you are aware, the monsoon session of Parliament is commencing on 14th September 2020 and will last up to October 1 without any holiday in between. This session is being held in extraordinary circumstances. While discharging our constitutional responsibilities, we also have to comply with all the Covid-19 related guidelines,” Birla said in a letter to the lawmakers.
“I am sending a sanitization kit along with this letter for your use. The kit provided by DRDO contains sanitizers, face masks, face shields, etc. I am sure that I will continue to receive your full cooperation in conducting proceedings of the House,” said the Speaker.
On the first day of the session on September 14, the Lok Sabha met at 9 am and is scheduled to continue till 1 pm, and the sitting in the Rajya Sabha will begin at 3 pm and continue till 7 pm.
On subsequent days, proceedings in Rajya Sabha will be held from 9 am till 1 pm while the time for Lok Sabha sittings has been fixed from 3 pm to 7 pm.
The MPs’ attendance will be recorded through a mobile app designed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) to contain the risk of COVID-19 spread.
Reports said 200 out of 785 MPs above 65 years of age, at least seven Union ministers and two dozen lawmakers are recovering from COVID-19.
The 18-day Parliament session began on Monday with staggered sittings of the two Houses and MPs maintaining social distancing with the seats separated with poly-carbon sheets in the House.