Assembly’s winter session to follow COVID guidelines

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Panaji: The forthcoming four-day winter session of the state legislative assembly will strictly follow all COVID-related guidelines, with no visitors including school students allowed for this session.

Coming out with this information, Speaker Rajesh Patnekar on Thursday said reporters covering this session will be made to sit in two galleries of the House instead of one by maintaining social distancing.

“Other guidelines such as compulsory wearing of masks in the assembly complex and provision of sanitisers would also be followed,” he added.

The Speaker said that as this is the first session of the year of the state legislative assembly, it will have the customary address of the Governor on its opening day. He also mentioned that some obituary references and tabling of the report of the Business Advisory Committee of the House are other activities on the opening day.

Speaking further, Patnekar said that the other three days of the particular session will have discussion on Motion of Thanks for Governor’s address, besides the Question Hour and the Zero Hour.

“The House, during these three days will also take up government as well as private member bills,” he added, pointing out that presently, there are four private member bills before the House, besides six government bills, with their numbers expected to increase.

It was also informed that the last day of the assembly will take up private members’ resolutions. The House will also discuss the second batch of the supplementary demands for grants.

The legislature secretariat has received altogether 751 questions from the MLAs, including 195 starred and 556 unstarred questions, for this session.

The Speaker informed that the budget session of the state legislative assembly will be held in the month of March, and would be at least one week long. “The discussion on the financial statement for the year 2021-22 will be taken up during the monsoon session of the House,” he noted.