The two-day monsoon session of the Maharashtra Assembly started on Monday with Deputy Speaker Narhari Zhirwal asking members to look at bodily distancing and put on face masks within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a part of the bodily distancing protocols, Zhirwal requested members to not sit on chairs having a “cross” signal. Only one member was seated within the seating space for 2.
Members had been additionally seated within the college students and guests gallery to make sure bodily distancing amongst them.
The deputy speaker additionally requested members to maintain their masks on whereas talking within the House.
He presided over the House proceedings since Speaker Nana Patole is indisposed as he examined optimistic for coronavirus final week.
After the session started, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar tabled ordinances associated to amendments to GST and contingency fund.
Ordinances pertaining to rural growth and concrete growth departments for postponement of elections to native our bodies and mayoral posts as a result of pandemic had been additionally tabled together with different payments and papers.
Mr Pawar tabled the supplementary calls for for 2020-21.
The debate on these calls for might be taken up on Tuesday earlier than their passage.
Mr Zhirwal additionally introduced the panel of presiding officers for 2 days – Balaji Kinikar (Shiv Sena), Daulat Daroda (NCP), Sangram Thopte (Congress) and Kalidas Kolambkar (BJP).
The state authorities has put in place a slew of measures to make sure members don’t contract COVID-19 and House proceedings go on with none hindrance.
Compulsory antigen assessments for legislators, distribution of COVID-19 kits and new seating preparations to make sure bodily distancing amongst members are a number of the measures undertaken for the two-day session, Vidhan Bhavan officers earlier mentioned.
The shortest-ever monsoon session within the historical past of the Maharashtra legislature is going down within the backdrop of a raging COVID-19 pandemic which has already contaminated greater than 9 lakh individuals within the state.
There might be no query hour, calling consideration and debates in the course of the session, state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anil Parab mentioned final week.
This can be the primary monsoon session of the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi authorities which assumed workplace in November final 12 months.
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