Apart from following basic sanitisation protocols and social distancing in both the houses, the ministers, MPs, officials, mediapersons and others entering the Parliament have to be tested Covid negative. Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla had said all those entering the premises would have to undergo the test at least 72 hours before the start of the session.
The government is learnt to have suggested that the discussion on the Covid situation could be held on Tuesday, during the debate on The Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Bill.
In response to the Opposition criticism of the scrapping of Question Hour and curtailment of Zero Hour, the government is learnt to have argued that the decision was taken in view of the pandemic situation and the shortened session. The Opposition also objected to the move to suspend MPLADS funds; Opposition members are likely to close ranks to oppose this decision.
“There are many important issues on which we want discussion. The Chinese aggression, the government’s management of the Covid pandemic, the slump in the economy, job losses, and the unemployment situation are among the key issues,” Chowdhury, who is leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, told The Indian Express.