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Negative Covid-19 report mandatory for budget session

Speaker holds meeting of senior officials of administration  & police to review security and other preparations

All the members of the legislative assembly, officers, employees and media persons would be given entry into the Vidhan Sabha premises for the upcoming budget session only on production of a negative RTPCR report of Covid-19. The budget session of Uttarakhand assembly is commencing from March 1 at Bharadisain in Gairsain (Chamoli).

A decision in this regard was taken in the meeting of senior administration and police officials at Vidhan Sabha here on Tuesday. The meeting chaired by speaker Premchand Agarwal discussed security and other arrangements for the session. Unlike the previous two sessions when the members were given the option of virtual attendance all the MLAs would be physically present in the house during the budget session. In the meeting the speaker directed the officers of his secretariat and police to ensure fool proof security during the session especially on March 1 when the Governor Baby Rani Maurya would address the house. He also directed the officials to complete all the preparation for smooth conduction of house in time. The issue of contagion of Covid-19 was discussed in detail during the meeting. The speaker said that the proper arrangements for fire tenders, team of health department and ambulances should be made during the session and directed that the supply of power and drinking water should be proper.

Later talking to the media persons, the speaker said that entry in the assembly premises would be on the basis of the negative RTPCR report. He said that orders to the health department have been issued for arrangement for RTPCR test in the districts and Bharadisain. The speaker said that all the members, officers and employees would have to follow the SoP  for prevention of Covid-19 and arrangements for thermal scanning and sanitisation would be made. He said that special emphasis would be made on sanitisation and sanitation would be made during the session and no visitors would be allowed in the visitors’ gallery and officer’s gallery. The information department has been asked to provide passes to a limited number of media persons for the session. Former MLAs too have been asked to refrain from coming to the assembly premises and the department of information would make arrangements for videography and photography of governor’s address.  The Vidhan Sabha secretariat has so far received 593 questions for the session.

The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Om Prakash, Additional chief secretary Radha Raturi, Inspector General (IG) police Neeru Garg, secretary in charge Health, Pankaj Kumar Pandey, secretary ITDA Amit Sinha, secretary B S Manral, IG A P Anshuman, Director General (DG) information M S Bisht, DG health services Dr Amita Upreti, secretary Vidhan Sabha Mukesh Singhal and others.

Wednesday, 24 February 2021 | PNS | Dehradun

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