On January 11, Lok Sabha Chairman Om Birla sought to calm the COVID-stricken country, saying all the necessary arrangements for the next budget session of parliament were in place. He said “the situation is under control” and all measures are being taken to mitigate the impact of the pandemic.
According to a statement released by the Lok Sabha secretariat, Birla inspected the Parliament complex during the day to take stock of health security measures and other preparations put in place in light of the recent increase in COVID cases. 19 in the country.
Sources said 65 employees of the Rajya Sabha secretariat, 200 of the Lok Sabha secretariat and 133 of the allied services tested positive for COVID-19 between Jan. 4 and Jan. 8 during regular testing. Birla visited the test center set up in the Parliament Annex for MPs, officers and secretariat staff from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and reviewed the preparations there.
Reviewing the tests and medical facilities at the Parliament complex, Birla called on officials to immediately respond to any member and official requirements deemed necessary. He also asked the officials concerned to put in place all precautionary measures to control the pandemic and monitor positive cases.
Speaking to doctors at the medical center, Birla provided an update on the facilities available and said any additional resources can be made available on a priority basis. Birla said he asked officials to take special care of MPs over 60 and proactively meet their needs. While dates have yet to be announced, the budget session usually begins at the end of January.