New Delhi At least 29 members of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha examined positive for the coronavirus illness (Covid-19) within the run-up to Parliament’s first session in nearly six months, in response to officers conscious of the matter, casting a shadow over the opening day of the monsoon session of the nation’s highest legislative physique.
Twenty-one of the MPs belong to the Lower House and the remaining eight belong to the Upper House, the folks mentioned, requesting anonymity. Most of them examined positive on September 13, the eve of the beginning of the session which is able to convene on all days till October 1.
According to officers, a minimum of 17 of the lawmakers belong to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and three to the Congress. The listing contains minister of state for railways Suresh Angadi and two BJP MPs from Delhi, Meenakshi Lekhi and Pravesh Verma. All three posted tweets confirming that they examined positive.
The monsoon session began on Monday, unfold over totally different shifts within the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, with staggered seating preparations and strict well being guidelines in place within the wake of the pandemic. Three-hundred-and-fifty-nine Lok Sabha MPs attended the primary day of the session andround 180 MPs had been current within the Upper House on Monday, in response to official figures. Ministers are usually not required to mark their attendance.
Apart from the Covid outcomes, it was a busy day for each Houses.
The Lok Sabha handed two payments (National Commission for Homoeopathy Bill and the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill ); launched eight extra, and tabled the supplementary demand for grants.The Rajya Sabha noticed the introduction of 5 payments.
The Upper House additionally re-elected Harivansh of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) as the deputy chairman.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who spoke to the media earlier than the session started, famous that Parliament’s monsoon session is being held in a rare method, with social distancing measures and with the 2 Houses conducting enterprise in shifts. He additionally urged MPs to “send a message to the soldiers that the whole country is with them”, remarks that got here towards the backdrop of tensions on the border in japanese Ladakh, the place the Indian Army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) are locked in a stand-off.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh will make an announcement on the India-China battle in Parliament on Tuesday.
With a complete of 770 seats throughout the 2 Houses, India has the world’s fourth-largest Parliament by variety of lawmakers after the UK, Italy and France. As part of the huge preparations to maintain the Parliament property freed from Covid-19, Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla introduced two weeks in the past that each one MPs, officers and journalists overlaying Parliament must test for the illness earlier than coming to the House.
The Rajya Sabha additionally declared an analogous coverage. At least 2,000 folks had been examined within the run-up to the session, officers mentioned.
Besides the 29 MPs, round 70 officers examined positive, growing the burden on the Parliament secretariat in working the session.
The positive outcomes got here as a brief setback for the session that has been delayed by a minimum of two months due to the sweeping pandemic. While these 29 MPs are nearly dominated out for the session, many senior MPs have already determined to skip it as a result of pandemic. Union residence minister Amit Shah, who has recovered from the viral an infection, is at present in All India Institute of Medical Sciences for routine check-up.
New Delhi Municipal Council officers had been concerned in conducting the checks together with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).The apex medical analysis physique tweeted on Monday, “ICMR is honoured to have carried out testing of 2500+ samples of Hon’ble Members of Parliament and other officials on war footing over the weekend in service of the nation.”
Minister of state for railways Angadi introduced that he had examined Covid19-positive and that he was doing high quality. “Taking the advice of doctors. Requesting all those who have come in close contact with me in the last few days to monitor their health and get tested in case of any symptoms,” he tweeted.
BJP’s Rita Bahuguna Joshi; one other Uttar Pradesh MP of the BJP, Kaushal Kishore; and Congress lawmaker A Chellakumar have knowledgeable the Parliament secretariat that they examined positive. On August 28, the sitting MP of Kanyakumari, (*29*) H Vasanthakumar, succumbed to Covid-19.
On September 6, Congress’ s Rajya Sabha MP, Deepender Singh Hooda, declared that he examined positive for the an infection. Trinamool’s Rajya Sabha member, Shanta Chhetri, and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s Rajya Sabha ground chief, A Navaneethakrishnan, knowledgeable the Rajya Sabha secretariat abouttheir positive standing.
Apart from these leaders, a Shiv Sena MP, one lawmaker every from the Aam Aadmi Party and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi and two YSR Congress MPs too examined positive.
“It is a constitutional requirement that the House has to meet. This is an unusual situation and no one can blame the secretariat for not doing enough. Of course, the absence of active members is always a loss, but we can’t apply general logic as things are really not in anybody’s control,” P Sreedharan, a former secretary basic of the Lok Sabha, mentioned.