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'Dates Are Decided by Govt': Om Birla on Holding Winter Session of Parliament

The Lok Sabha Speaker announced that a two-day all-India presiding officers' meet would be held from November 25, 2020, in Kewadia near Vadodra.

New Delhi: Amid speculation over holding the Winter Session of Parliament in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases in the national capital, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Saturday said that the Lok Sabha secretariat is ready to hold the session.

At a press conference here, he said the Monsoon Session was held with all precautions amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the parliamentary standing committees have also been meeting regularly.

“The Lok Sabha secretariat is prepared to hold the parliament session. As far as dates are concerned, it is decided by the cabinet committee on parliamentary affairs,” Birla said in reply to a question about holding the Winter Session of parliament. He added that the government discusses the dates with opposition parties as well.

He announced that a two-day all-India presiding officers’ meet would be held from November 25, 2020, in Kewadia near Vadodra with President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu gracing the occasion.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi would also address the gathering, he said. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Harmonious Coordination between Legislature, Executive and Judiciary – Key to a Vibrant Democracy’, Birla said.

He also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate 76 residences for Members of Parliament on B.D. Marg in New Delhi. These residences have been built within 27 months at Rs 188 crore, in three towers named after Rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati, Birla said.