Odisha Assembly Monsoon Session: Precautionary Measures Issued To Keep COVID-19 At Bay

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Bhubaneswar: The Monsoon Session of Odisha Assembly is all set to begin on September 29 and the State Government has issued precautionary measures for containment of COVID-19.

Additional Chief Secretary of Health Department, PK Mohapatra, has written a letter to Commissioner of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), Managing Director of Odisha State Medical Corporation Limited, and Director of Capital Hospital in this regard.

Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro has directed the observe the following precautionary measure during the 4th Session of the 16th Odisha Legislative Assembly in view of the prevailing situation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • There will be RT-PCR test for all the members of the Odisha Legislative Assembly along with their PSOs and drivers from 7.30 AM to 9.30 AM on September 27 and 28 on the Assembly premises by a team of doctors.
  • Again on October 4, there will be RT-PCR test of all the members will be held at the time and place mentioned above.
  • If any member feels uncomfortable during the session, they may go for Antigen test by the doctors at the above-said place.
  • There will be RT-PCR test for all the officers and staff of the OLA Secretariat along with officers and staff of the office of Chief Minister, Ministers, Leader of Opposition, Ministers of State, and Chief Whips from 7.30 AM to 9.30 AM from September 26 to 28 on the Assembly premises by the team of doctors.
  • MLAs and officials of the Legislative, Question, Reporting Branches, and other House related staff, who are required to go inside the Assembly hall will be provided with face-shield, mask, hand gloves, and sanitizers by Health Department daily before the commencement of each sitting during the Session.
  • It has also been decided that the Assembly Secretariat have to provide the list of members and staff to Health Department and BMC well in advance.

In view of the above, the BMC has been directed to provide all infrastructural facilities and necessary arrangements inside the OLA premises in consultation with  OLA Secretary. Similarly, OSMCL Managing Director has been asked to provide face-shields, masks, hand gloves, and sanitizers for use of MLAs during the ensuing Assembly Session.

The Capital Hospital Director has been directed to deploy a team of doctors and medical staff along with sufficient testing kits at the OLA premises for the testing. A team of doctors will also remain present during the session in case of any contingency.

Also Read: Odisha Assembly Monsoon Session From Sept 29

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