Bhubaneswar: Keeping in view the Covid pandemic, RTPCR test of MLAs was initiated by the Health and Family Welfare department today ahead of the winter session of Odisha Assembly.
The collection of the samples will continue for three days.
Swab samples of all MLAs, their security staff and drivers will be collected by a team of doctors from 8.30 am to 1.30 pm and 3 pm to 5 pm on November 17 and 18 and from 8.30 am to 1.30 pm on November 19 for RT-PCR tests.
The Assembly session has been summoned for 40 working days from November 20 till December 31.
The MLAs and officials of the Assembly, question and reporting branches and other House related staff, who are required to go inside the Assembly hall, will be provided with face shields, masks, gloves and sanitiser by the Health department daily before commencement of each sitting during the session.