Chhattisgarh meeting session, which might be held between August 25 and 28 amid all precautionary measures such because the set up of glass panels to separate the seats of lawmakers in a bid to include the unfold of the raging coronavirus illness (Covid-19) outbreak, is more likely to value a further Rs 20 lakh bills for the Bhupesh Baghel-led authorities’s exchequer.
The final meeting session was adjourned after nationwide lockdown restrictions have been enforced from March 25 to include the unfold of the contagion.
“A glass panel will separate two legislators amid strict compliance of social distancing norms and different precautionary norms corresponding to periodic sanitisation drive. Further seats have been organised for 11 lawmakers through the glass partition,” mentioned CS Gangrade, principal secretary, Chhattisgarh Meeting.
An meeting official, requesting anonymity, identified that the state authorities must incur a further expenditure of round Rs 20 lakh for the particular association throughout the upcoming meeting session. “Nevertheless, the precise quantity is but to be ascertained,” he added.
“Plans are additionally afoot to scale back the meeting employees, as solely these important to conduct the meeting proceedings might be requested to report for work. Hectic parleys are in progress to work out the modalities,” mentioned Gangrade.
“Every MLA (a member of the Chhattisgarh legislative meeting) might be given sanitisers. The personnel will be sure that no lawmaker skips the sanitising drive,” he mentioned.
“A legislator might be allowed to enter the meeting premises solely with a driver in a bid to rein in overcrowding,” he added.
The press and guests’ gallery will stay closed throughout the upcoming meeting proceedings.
“A piece of media individuals, who’re from information companies, could also be allowed to attend. Nevertheless, a remaining name on that is but to be taken,” Gangrade mentioned.
Nevertheless, the Chhattisgarh unit of the Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP) – the primary opposition within the state — has alleged that the ruling Congress authorities is intentionally planning to bar the media individuals from attending the upcoming meeting session in a bid to make sure that it doesn’t face any uncomfortable query on the ground of the Home, together with the Covid-19 administration.
“The preparations which can be within the works for the lawmakers will also be made for media individuals. The federal government is fearful of going through the media. A minister is guaranteeing that the media is barred from attending the meeting proceedings,” alleged Ajay Chandrakar, a former minister and a state BJP chief.