Ranchi: Social-distancing protocols are set to return to the floor of Jharkhand assembly during the budget session scheduled to begin on Friday as the state gradually comes out of the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Jharkhand Vidhan Sabha speaker Rabindra Nath Mahto chaired a meeting of senior officials of Jharkhand and Ranchi administration on Tuesday over the preparations for the upcoming session. At the meeting, it was decided that the number of chairs on the floor of the house will be doubled to 162 in order to ensure social distancing among the 81 MLAs.
While social distancing in seating arrangements were followed during the monsoon session of 2020 and budget session of 2021, they were given a slip during the special one-day session of November 2020 and the monsoon and winter sessions last year.
Besides rearranged seating for the lawmakers, the assembly premises will have a Covid-19 vaccination camp. There will also be separate rooms to isolate and test any lawmaker with Covid 19-like symptoms during business hours. Unlike the previous budget session, lawmakers need not produce negative RT-PCR test reports to participate in the proceedings. Instead, the MLAs, assembly secretariat staff and security personnel will have to compulsorily furnish their vaccination certificates.
Reviewing the security measures, Mahto directed officials of the building construction department to raise the boundary wall of the northwest fence of the assembly building based on a threat perception cited by the special branch of Jharkhand police.
In the meeting, which was attended by chief secretary Sukhdev Singh, assembly secretary Javed Haider, health secretary Arun Kumar Singh and officers from other departments, Mahto pointed out that anomalies were cited in the Jharkhand Finance Bill of 2021 and Pt. Raghunath Murmu ST University bill.
He also directed the officers from the school education and literacy, revenue, rural affairs, personnel and administrative reforms, sports, art, culture and youth affairs departments to dispose of the pending assurances which were given to the lawmakers in the previous sessions of the house.
Lawmakers from the opposition and the treasury benches have been accusing the officers of various departments of ignoring the questions which are being asked during the business proceedings.





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