NEW DELHI: As amid the COVID-19 pandemic the Parliament is gearing up for monsoon session, the Lok Sabha Secretariat on Friday issued guidelines on holding meetings of parliamentary standing committees.
The monsoon session is likely to be held on August-end or September as Coronavirus cases have touched a new high of 20,000 cases in India each day.
In its guidelines, the Lok Sabha Secretariat said, "With further relaxations in the lockdown made with effect from July 1, the sittings of the parliamentary committees can now be held while observing some restrictions."
However, chairpersons of various panels had requested both Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu for holding virtual meetings, but were not granted permission.
The the Lok Sabha Secretariat has issued guidelines which are as follows:
Parliament stopped functioning on March 23 after the budget session was adjourned sine die prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It resumed functioning this week with a meeting of the Committee on Welfare of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in Parliament Annexe.