BUDGET Session is from January 29: LS Speaker Om Birla

The Budget Session  of Parliament will commence on Friday, January 29 amid Covid-19 protocols with President Ram Nath Kovind’s address to the Members of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha . The Union Budget will be presented at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, the 1st February, said Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. Budget Session of Parliament, to be held from 29 January 2021 to 15 February 2021 in the first phase and from 8 March 2021 to 8 April 2021 in the second phase. Interacting with media on January20 after reviewing the preparedness, Om Birla said that during the first phase of the session, Lok Sabha will  hold 12 sittings and during the second  there will be 21 sittings of the House. Question Hour, Zero Hour will be held during this session.  Birla also informed that all applicable COVID guidelines will  continue to remain in force during the proceedings of the House and the Session will be held with by following all COVID-19 protocols. Members of Parliament will be requested to undergo RT-PCR test.Responding to queries regarding COVID vaccination, Om  Birla said that the vaccination process will  proceed as per the government policy. Earlier, Om Birla presided over a meeting with senior officials from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of AYUSH, NDMC, CPWD, DRDO, ICMR, AIIMS, Delhi Police and Government of NCT of Delhi at the Parliament Library Building today. The meeting was held to discuss arrangements related to the forthcoming Budget Session of Parliament. During the course of the meeting, Om  Birla was apprised that all COVID related Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) that were evolved during the last Session held amidst the pandemic in September 2020, shall continue to remain in place, with suitable modifications as per the requirements. Birla was informed that RT-PCR tests for all Members of Parliament shall be performed on 27 and 28 January 2021 in Parliament House Complex (PHC) and that apart from the PHC, tests shall also be conducted at other locations close to the residences of Members; including North Avenue, South Avenue, BD Marg, etc. Emergency wards for urgent COVID care with dedicated medical teams shall also be deployed at RML hospital to fulfil the health needs of Members. 

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