COVID-19 scare: Speaker, Venkaiah Naidu deliberate on modalities of e-Parliament

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New Delhi: Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha Speaker OM Birla are exploring the idea of holding ‘virtual Parliament’ as an option in the long run.

The discussions for holding the Parliament sessions amid the coronavirus crisis has gained ground ahead of monsoon session of Parliament.

Reports said both the presiding officers deliberated on modalities of an e-Parliament. The Monsoon session of the Parliament is likely to be held in July-August.

The meeting at the official residence was attended by the Secretary Generals of both the houses who were asked to examine the feasibility of using the Central Hall of Parliament for meetings of the Lok Sabha .

Sources said virtual meetings for various committees of Parliament also came up during the discussion. The Secretaries-General briefed the Chairman and Speaker on issues related to the proposed virtual meetings. The confidentiality issue was also discussed.

The  Parliament was adjourned sine die on March 24 before Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the nationwide lockdown.

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