RS Chairman reviews preparedness for Parliament Session, oversees the ‘familiarisation drill’

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Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu during the session (RSTV Grab)

File photo of Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday reviewed the preparedness for the ensuing Parliament Session. He went through the ‘familiarisation drill’ for over 45 minutes.

With members of Rajya Sabha to be seated in multiple locations, effective coordination for hassle-free technology-aided participation of members in the first of its kind proceedings of the House during the coming Monsoon Session of Parliament will be an issue.

In preparation for such a session, Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday went through the ‘familiarization drill’ for over 45 minutes.

To comply with the physical distancing norm, Rajya Sabha members will be seated in the Chamber and four galleries of Rajya Sabha and the Chamber of Rajya Sabha.

This requires Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to keep a close eye on six different locations from where the members will be participating in the proceedings.

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu went through the drill in respect of various elements of the proceedings of the House including members seeking to raise various issues from different locations by raising hands, raising Points of Order, participating in Voice Vote and Division is required.

He also tested audio quality along with simultaneous interpretation during the participation of Rajya Sabha members from both the Houses of Parliament.

For enabling members of Rajya Sabha to sign the attendance register as required under the law, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu directed the officials to distribute the members at six counters against the present arrangement of signing in one register so as to minimise the physical contact.