Tamil Nadu Assembly session to conclude on Friday as Covid cases rise

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly session, which began on Wednesday with the state Governor's customary address, will end on Friday. Due to the commencement of the third Covid-19 wave, the session was cut short to three days. The decision was made at a meeting of all political parties on Wednesday, which was headed by Assembly Speaker M. Appavu.

On Thursday, an obituary will be read in honor of departed leaders, former legislators, and notable figures who have died away. The Chief Minister will give a motion of appreciation to the Governor's address, and a supplementary budget for 2021-22 will be tabled. Meanwhile, the Governor's message was broadcast live for the first time on Wednesday by the Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR).

The Tamil Nadu Assembly is in the midst of live-streaming its proceedings, with this session serving as a test run. Apart from the Governor's message being live streamed on the DIPR portal, the Governor's address was also live telecast on DD Podhigai, Doordarshan's Tamil regional news service.

The DIPR officials have already visited Parliament and many legislative assemblies, including Kerala and Maharashtra, where the proceedings are live aired, to acquire first-hand knowledge. The visuals of question hour on January 6 and 7, as well as the Chief Minister's response to the Governor's address on Friday, will be broadcast live on television.

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