Bhubaneswar: As had been done earlier during the last Budget Session, Covid test has been made mandatory for all the Ministers and MLAs and their staff as well as all the staffers of the Odisha Legislative Assembly (OLA), media persons and police personnel.
This was decided at a meeting here chaired by Speaker Surya Narayan Patro and graced by Forest & Environment-cum-Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh among others.
It has been decided that RTPCR test will be conducted on the assembly premises on November 17, 18 and 19 jointly by the State Health Department and Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC).
Separate cabin will be arranged for the MLAs and other staff for the Covid test purpose.
The Assembly Hall and the premises will be sanitized before the session begins and on daily basis.
If Coronavirus symptom is found in any MLA or staffer during the session, antigen test will be conducted immediately.
The officers will have to undergo RTPCR test before entering the premises.
All the MLAs, staff and media persons will be provided with Covid-proof kits.
The Speaker directed that all the guidelines related to Covid-19 will be strictly obeyed.
Today’s meeting was also attended by Additional Chief Secretary Pradipta Mohapatra, BMC Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhury, Health Department’s Joint Secretary Shibananda Mohapatra and Odisha Assembly Secretary Dasharathi Satpathy.