Strict COVID-19 protocols will continue to be followed during the winter session of Parliament. Every person including MPs entering Parliament premises will need to be vaccinated twice or else there will be a negative RT-PCR report.
Sources said that more than 90% of the Members of Parliament from both the Houses have been fully vaccinated, adding that 95% of the Secretariat staff have got both the jobs.
Keeping in view the Kovid, the seating arrangement of the MPs will be maintained so that the MLAs can also occupy the visitor’s gallery. Also, it will be mandatory for the members to wear masks at all times while sitting at home. Along with this, they will also be motivated to sanitize their hands.
The entry of visitors has been completely banned for the upcoming winter session of Parliament and member staff will also not be allowed inside the Parliament premises. The limited staff of ministers will be encouraged to come to Parliament during important briefings and also during Question Hour.
As in previous Parliament sessions, MPs have been requested to avoid asking for physical copies or paper copies of bills and other documents and will be encouraged to opt for online mode of circulation.
Media entry will also be limited during the winter session.
The Central Hall of Parliament will not be available for the entry of former MPs, former ministers and other former Chief Ministers etc. Members will be encouraged to come there for food and leave.
Specific entry and exit gates will be marked for entry and exit of the Parliamentarians so that there is no conflict between the people going in and out and the gates.
The winter session of Parliament will begin on November 29 and end on December 23, making it a total of 20 working days.