Eastern Times, New Delhi : With the sixth session of the 17th Lok Sabha Scheduled to commence from 19 July 2021, Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla today inspected the arrangements for the Session. He visited several facilities in Parliament House Complex which are linked to smooth functioning of the House.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Birla informed that the upcoming monsoon session will be from 11 A.M. as per normal timing.The Session will have a total of 19 sittings, said Shri Birla.
Emphasizing on the Covid related arrangements for the Session, Shri Birla said that adequate measures have been taken to ensure safety of the Members, Officials, Media and others. Members who have taken at least one dose of vaccination will not be required to undertake RTPCR test. Facility for RTPCR test will be available in Parliament House Complex.
The Speaker noted that 411 Members have already taken vaccination and the rest of the Members are yet to be vaccinated because of medical grounds. Officials of the Lok Sabha Secretariat have also been vaccinated, said Shri Birla. Vaccination facility will be available in Parliament House Complex.
Shri Birla also said that due to Covid restrictions, visitors will not be allowed during the Monsoon Session of Parliament.
Shri Birla informed that an App is being developed which will be One Stop Solution for all parliamentary matters.
Speaking on the Business transacted in the 17th LOK sabha, Lok Sabha Speaker said that despite Covid, the 17th Lok Sabha has transacted record business during the first five Sessions compared to the previous Lok Sabhas. The 17th Lok Sabha has seen the highest number of sittings compared to the 14th, 15th and 16th Lok Sabha, which is reflected in the record productivity of the House. In this context, Shri Birla highlighted that several Members have done significant work during the Covid period and their best practices will be shared in the benefit of others.
Shri Birla emphasized that recently, there has been a significant increase in the receipt of replies from the Ministries on matters raised under Rule 377. The 17th Lok Sabha has taken several measures in the direction of strengthening accountability of the Executive, said the Lok Sabha Speaker.
Shri Birla further said that Indian democracy has stood the test of time and the country is moving towards strength and development. He emphasized on Parliamentary diplomacy and informed that being the world’s largest democracy the Parliament of India holds regular interactions with global parliamentary forums like Inter Parliamentary Union and Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. The Lok Sabha is in a position to augment the capacity of Members of other Parliaments, Shri Birla said.
As a step towards further capacity building of the Members, Shri Birla said that the Research Wing of the Lok Sabha has been actively involved in providing relevant information on policy issues and other subjects to Members of Parliament on a 24×7 basis. The Speaker also said that in the coming times Parliament Library shall be fully digitized and that all important parliamentary debates, papers, and documents etc from 1854 onwards will be digitally available. Parliament Library and the libraries of the State Assemblies will be brought on one digital platform for common access, said Shri Birla. He further said that for the convenience of Members, the facility of home delivery of books from the library has also been started by the Parliament Library.
Speaking on the New Parliament, Shri Birla said that the New Parliament Building will be completed in time.