After 400 Staffers Test Covid Positive, Parliamentary Standing Committee Meetings Cancelled

by Dikhyaa Mohanty

The meetings of several parliamentary committees have been cancelled as over 400 Parliament staffers tested positive for Covid-19 during random testing and with the rise in the cases in Delhi.

According to the official reports, the meeting of parliamentary standing committees on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice Chairperson, Urban Development, and Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology have decided to cancel their meetings. The decision to call off the meeting of the standing committee of External Affairs, scheduled later this week is likely to be taken later in the day.

The reports added that over 400 Parliament staffers tested positive for Covid-19 during random testing. Of these, 65 are from the Rajya Sabha, 200 are from the Lok Sabha and 133 belong to the associated services. Random testing was conducted due to the sudden rise of cases in Delhi and most of the staff found positive did not show any symptoms.

The Rajya Sabha Secretariat has now restricted staff attendance. As per new guidelines, 50 per cent of the staff or officials below the rank of under-secretary or executive officer are required to ‘work from home.


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