Bhubaneswar: The Monsoon Session of Odisha Legislative Assembly will begin from September 29 and conclude on October 7.
Since this will be the first Assembly session to be held amid the COVID-19 pandemic, all safety measures will reportedly be taken to conduct the session as per the coronavirus guidelines.
The session will provide a total of eight sittings spread over a period of nine days which will also include Saturdays and Sundays. There will be no sittings on October 2.
Odisha Assembly Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro had earlier said, "It is mandatory to start a new session within six months of the commencement of the previous session. The last session of the House was held on March 29. Hence, going by the rule, the next session must start by September 30.”
The last part of the Budget session was held in March at the Lok Sabha Bhavan convention hall where 30 per cent of the members participated in passing the Appropriation Bill.
All the MLAs, staff and other senior officials will have to undergo COVID-19 test ahead of the Monsoon Session of the State Legislative Assembly.
As per reports, a special counter will be set up on the Assembly premises for the RT-PCR tests of the MLAs, staff and other officers two days before the commencement of the session.