An 18-day monsoon session of parliament started on Monday with unprecedented precautions against the coronavirus, including staggered sittings of both houses and social distancing between MPs. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his traditional comments before the parliament session, delivered a strong message on the China border stand-off. A resolution for no Question Hour was also passed on Monday.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will address the parliament today on the India-China border row, shows the parliament’s list of business for the day. The minister’s address is expected to take place around 3 pm — at the beginning of the proceedings in the Lok Sabha.
The Monsoon session of the Parliament is scheduled to conclude on October 1 without any day off. Both the Houses of Parliament will sit for four hours daily while following precautionary measures against COVID-19.
Staggered seating, compulsory wearing of face masks, frequent hand sanitisation, a no-touch door opener and a new seating arrangement for social distancing – is being taken to ensure complete Covid safety even as many of the older MPs did not attend the first day of the session.
Here are the LIVE Updates from the Parliament session: