Telangana: COVID test a mandatory part for those in electoral bodies
Telangana: COVID test a mandatory part for those in electoral bodies

With the onset of unlocking 4, the meetings between ministers of a particular state have started convening. Lawmakers of Telangana have to test negative for Covid-19 if they want to attend the monsoon session of the state assembly beginning on September 7. This was proclaimed by speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy on Friday, while speaking to reporters on the preparedness for the assembly session. He said it was mandatory for all MLAs and MLCs to undergo tests for Covid-19 and only those who produced certificates to prove that they had tested negative for the virus would be allowed to attend the session.

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“Even if the MLAs do not have a fever but are suffering from cold and cough, it is better they avoid attending the assembly,” he said. Reddy said similar conditions would be applicable to the police, assembly staff members, department officials and employees and even media persons covering the session. The speaker said, “Before the commencement of the session, they should compulsorily undergo tests for Covid-19. They should produce certificates showing that they tested negative. Only then would they be given passes for entering the assembly.” He said already two of the 119 MLAs had tested negative and others had undergone tests but were awaiting reports. They should come to the assembly premises only with negative reports.

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“No permission would be given for personal assistants of MLAs, but the personal secretaries of ministers would be allowed to attend the session,” Reddy said. He said all the lawmakers would be given a medical kit that comprises an oximeter, thermometer and sanitizer. “If the blood oxygen percentage is less than 90, they should not come to the assembly at all,” the speaker said. Facilities like thermal screening and sanitizers would be provided at the entrance itself. Thorough sanitization of the premises would be done twice a day in the morning and in the evening.

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